Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3: 5-8
Someone posted something on Facebook today that I had to bite back my response. Well, if I'm honest, that happens every day (I don't say a lot of what I would rather say, so I let God handle it), but today's was particularly false. Someone posted "What the older generation fears from the younger generation is that we question everything they followed so blindly." While it is true in some cases, for the most part, I truly believe people have a reason for following what they do. I'm not scared of people questioning. As a preacher I welcome questions! Any questions, even if I don't know the answer! No, what I am afraid for (not of) in this younger generation is that they follow their feelings and emotions rather than following what is true and proven to be factual. It's like the improvisation game "Whose Line is It Anyway" where "[even if] it's all made up and the facts don't matter," as long as it feels good, do it! The Bible says of this: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?"
And yes, despite what modern cultural apologists would have you believe, Jeremiah, and the God who spoke to Him absolutely meant this. "Follow your hear" is the most deceptive bit of advice any of us can receive. For me, doing so almost lead to suicide, when I lost everything following my heart had given me. Yet, when I gave my life to Jesus, Those thoughts went away. He has taken care of me. He has given me peace beyond comprehension. He has been enough, and the closer I get to Him, the more I see that following my own heart gets me absolutely nothing!
Here is my prayer for you: that you do question things, but that your questions lead you to Jesus and His understanding of things: after all, as broken as the world is (our fault), He is the designer, and knows how to fix what we've broken. Go to the Author and Perfecter, not your own understanding.