Bros, Judah followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts. You may think it is better I follow my heart and be content, but I assure you that you will never be content or have or know peace unless you obey God. Because they would not listen to God and instead followed the evil dictates of their evil hearts.
James 1:13-15 says: “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”
Our desires come from our heart, so too sin can come from our desires. If sin is evil, then desires that are sin are evil. If we let our sin desires turn into a practicing thought and keep thinking on them, we are sure to do them eventually. The Prophet Jeremiah declared a few chapters further in chapter 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Our heart is unpredictable and bound to do evil given the slimmest of chances to sin, but God He is always true, just and perfect in All His ways. Our hearts are always capable of doing evil. And so it is better to obey God and do His way and His will. And bros sure as we could slip on a banana peel and fall down… we can sin that quickly and un-expectantly. So beware, Judah thought at the temple gates, if they kept bringing sacrifices to the altar rather than obedience somehow God might be pleased but the Lord took no delight in them, but God desired obedience rather than sacrifice. Better to repent and walk in obedience and obey the Lord than sacrifice at the altar without obedience. Otherwise might be like giving a stolen gift that cost you nothing…It cost the Lord a lot to be obedient when He went to the cross for you and me.
Bros way better to obey and go forward towards Him and remain in Him, than our evil hearts and fall backwards away from Him our loving God.
Obey means to hear, submit, follow and conform. Don’t be like Judah and follow the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts and went backwards and not forward. Keep walking and moving forward towards obedience in and to the Lord, obey His voice and walk in all His ways that He has commanded you. Abide in Him and go forward in Him that it may be well with you, amen!