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Who or what do you follow?

Published on 04/28/09

Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8

Eccl. 11:9 shows us the penalty for walking in the ways of your heart. The penalty is that God will bring you into judgment.

We’ve heard the phrase a lot, “Listen to your heart.” What does that look like? How does that show itself in your life? What is most important in this case to you is happiness or feeling good.
  • You decide to do things based on whether it will make you happy as opposed to whether it’s right or wrong.
  • When people do things that are not YOUR way, then you dislike them for it. Again, your happiness is at the center. Your happiness is the way, the truth, and the life, anyone who thwarts it is in the wrong.
We all know the verse Proverbs 3:5-6. We need to trust God in all things. But what does that look like? How does that show itself in your life? What is most important here is that God is glorified in your life.
  • You decide to do things based on whether God will be glorified as opposed to whether you feel like doing it at the moment.
  • When people do things that are not YOUR way, then you love them more than you love yourself. Again God is at the center. God is the way, the truth and the life, anyone who thwarts Him is in the wrong.

Ask yourself the tough questions…Why am I happy? and Why am I sad? Your answer to these two questions will help you to answer whether you are following your heart or whether you are following God.

One of the main reasons Solomon is trying to get those who are young to seek God early on in their life is because times will get difficult (Eccl. 12:1) You will be better off trusting in God with all your strength, because when the going gets tough you will need God’s strength to help you through.

So teen, trust in God NOW, don’t wait until tragedy strikes.