Why?

Lets look at some evidence:

New International Version:The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
New Living Translation: “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”
English Standard Version: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
New American Standard Bible: “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”
King James Bible: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Holman Christian Standard Bible: “The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable–who can understand it?”
International Standard Version: “The heart is more deceitful than anything. It is incurable— who can know it?”
NET Bible: “The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?”

Jeremiah 17:9 in multiple versions source: www.biblehub.com

This is an amazingly interesting scripture. Don’t trust your heart? Phrases such as “beyond cure”, “desperately wicked”, “desperately sick”, “incurably bad”. What does this mean?

Usually, common wisdom is all about authenticity and trusting your gut but…. with this new information one should take a step back and ask why, if my heart is incurably sick, who can I trust, definitely not another man as flawed as I am. Not any government or organization made of men as flawed as I am so, if I can not trust any man-made system, and I cannot trust myself, then who can I trust?

Let us examine another set of scriptures. Romans 8:35 says (multiple versions source: www.bibehub.com)

New International Version: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
New Living Translation: “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?”
English Standard Version: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”
New American Standard Bible: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
King James Bible: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Holman Christian Standard Bible: “Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
International Standard Version: “Who will separate us from the Messiah’s love? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or a violent death do this?”
NET Bible: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”

Notice the consistency? Who or What can separate you from a love so pure, so immutable, so passionate? A love that transcends death and comes in and of itself, not earned and thus can not be lost. Who better to trust than Him who has loved us so purely and completely?

In addition, one more thing to consider. This God who loves us so completely, is also omniscient – all-wise, all-knowing, all-seeing.

It makes sense to trust someone who loves me more than I could ever love myself and who loves me irrespective of myself and is also all-knowing, all-wise and all-seeing. How could I go wrong with that strategy? It feels like winning the lottery!!

This is not about religion or doctrine, it is instead a love story. This is how it goes; In the beginning, God made the world. He made it not for himself but for us. Then, He made US for Himself. To be the objects of his affection, not the world he spent 6 days making, man. After, God made us, He placed us in the world knowing we will loose our way, so He made a way back to His heart. That way is Jesus. This is why Jesus is the lamb that was slain from the beginning of the world Revelation 13:8.

If you feel that tug in your heart, don’t fight it. Its the love song of the Spirit calling out to your spirit. Like it says in Hebrews, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the day of rebellion” Hebrews 3:7-8.

What better way to live life? Knowing you are loved and an ALL POWERFUL God has it ALL figured out, has your BEST interest at heart and is actively working to bring YOU to this perfect plan He alone has crafted?

Will you TRUST Him today?

Image source: http://davidschristiancentre.org/this-week-message/trust-the-key-factor/