…..”men didn’t listen to Moses, but in their hearts, turned back to Egypt.” (Acts 7:39)
My mind loves to run back to places of captivity. It loves to play the game of, “the grass is greener on the other side.” I can’t tell you how many times in my foolish thinking I have thought to myself, “life would be better if….I had this job, this amount of money, this honor, or this prestige.” I find myself swimming in pools of pride, selfishness and fear when I run to those places.
With my words I know what’s right. I know what I’m supposed to do. I know what pleases God and what doesn’t and I may even give lip service to others about the wonderful truths I know about God, yet my heart has turned back to Egypt. The place of bondage and captivity. The place of enslavement to the enemy. If I could be honest, this is where my heart goes more often then not.
The bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure, who can understand it.” (Jer 17:9) Therefore, the mantra, “follow your heart” is a foolish one. Fools follow their hearts.
If I follow my heart I’ll end up in Egypt much more often then in the promised land of freedom, joy, peace and contentment. When our hearts run back to captivity we wreck and ruin our deepest relationships. We will go at any length to protect ourselves from revealing the truth about our hearts. We’ll tell people, “life is great,” when in reality, it’s a facade, because inwardly, we believe something very different.
The truth is, right thinking, causes right actions. In order to start acting differently, we first have to start thinking differently. If I allow my thoughts and my heart to dictate my decision making, truly, my life will be a mess. However, if I take captive every thought making it obedient to Christ, following wisdom and not my heart, I will find contentment and peace awaiting me.
This is why the bible implores us to “guard your hearts above all else, because it determines the course of your life.” (Prov 4:23) Follow your heart, end up in Egypt. Follow wisdom and the truth of God’s word, find freedom, hope, peace and joy. It’s there in God’s grace our hearts will be content in a less than perfect marriage, find joy in a job that doesn’t have all the perks and not feel the need to live for honor and prestige.
If we go to Egypt in our hearts; our marriages, parenting, finances, and freedom will suffer greatly. Today, let us fight against the enemy who wants to take us back into captivity. Let us stand triumphantly over our fears and deepest insecurities today through the victory found in following Jesus Christ.