There are some Christians that seem to always be in and out. Their walk with Christ is similar to a merry-go-round: always moving but never getting anywhere. Does this describe you or someone you know? Sure enough, spiritual adultery is the reason for their unstable behavior. God commands that we love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength (see Deut. 6:5 and Matt. 22:37). To love God any less will lead to a wandering heart. If or when we find ourselves in this place, we must “root it out” of our hearts. In other words, we must seek within ourselves until we come to the root of the problem and destroy that root so that it will never grow again.
So, what is at the root of spiritual adultery?
In yesterday’s post, we discussed James 4:4 and Jeremiah 9:2-7. If we have become friends with the world, James calls us adulterers and adultresses. In Jeremiah 9, we were able to get a description of adulterous followers of God. Jeremiah further identifies the root of spiritual adultery by pointing out that Israel had continually “walked after the imagination of their own hearts” (Jeremiah 9:14). In other words, whatever they felt like doing, whatever they thought to do, that they did. They followed after their hearts instead of following after God.
This is the way of the world. “Whatever makes you feel good, do it.” “Follow your heart.” There is, however, one problem with this: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” (Jeremiah 17:9). When we find ourselves continually drifting and wandering from the path of righteousness, it is clear that we have a wandering heart. Quite simply, discontentment causes our hearts to drift. For if we were satisfied with God alone, we would have no reason to wander.
Instead of following our hearts, we must teach ourselves to choose to follow God and His Word alone. Unlike Old Testament saints, we have a Helper who is able to keep us. Being led by the Holy Spirit, we can defend our hearts against the vanities of this life. We cannot trust our heart: it will lead us astray every time. Therefore, let us be conscious to acknowledge God and allow Him alone to direct our plans and our paths.