You’re Delusional

Isaiah 63 and beyond are so beautiful. A conversation between God and Isaiah- but also perhaps The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – a memory walk of good and bad times with the Israelites. It shifts from good old days to current bad days and then turns again to seek the hope of future days- foreshadowing a ministry beyond those times, saying that the Lord will “call his servants by another name.”(65:15)

It goes through the blessings to be received by those who call upon him, and the curses that befall those who reject him.

As I sat marveling at the grace and mercy of God, continuing to read, I found Isaiah 66:4 and it’s one of the most beautiful verses to me…

I will also choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called none did answer; when I spake they did not hear: but they did evil before my eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

When we choose to do wrong, or to turn from those things God has given us to do for our benefit- it doesn’t mean we excuse ourselves from his order. We aren’t excused from his design just because we choose to deny it exists.

He chooses our delusions. Do you see that? Right there in black and white- “I will also choose their delusions…”.

I don’t believe that means he randomly selects people to inflict or punish- or that he’s being mean. It means, that even in our rebellion, God understands the workings of the mind- the natural things we will certainly encounter when we choose to deny the truth.

Choices have logical (to God if not to our poor thinking) consequences. When we are turned over to a reprobate mind- it doesn’t mean we are outside of God’s order- just the opposite- we are still right where his order says we must be.

God loves us so much that he allows us to disagree. He allows us to live how we choose. He even allows us to deny him.

But denying the truth doesn’t make it untrue. Truth still exists right we’re it was. A delusion is defined as

A belief or altered reality that is persistently held despite evidence or agreement to the contrary, generally in reference to a mental disorder.

By definition a delusion is a disagreement with Truth. The part of the whole that we choose to disagree with determines the consequences we experience.

Now – that definition also includes reference to mental disorders– which typically brings to mind a serious medical problem. But- think a moment- isn’t our mind somewhat dis-ordered any time we don’t understand something fully? Don’t you enjoy those aha! moments? Those moments where an unclear situation suddenly becomes clear? Don’t you feel more at ease and relaxed when your mind is put in order in that aha! moment?

I’m not trying to diminish true mental illnesses by any means- but simply to point out that order is preferable to disorder. (Even those of us who love to make creative messes enjoy having things back where we can get to them again once we are finished.)

The point really is that He knows the order. He understands where our mind goes when we deny the truth. He knows the path to where we are, because he created the path. He created the mind. He can find us wherever we are– even if that place is a hidden place inside our own thinking.

You don’t have to be deluded. Turn to him and ask him to help you find the path through your tangled mind. Ask him to keep you from drowning in your troubled thoughts. He’s walked on water before. He knows the way. He is the way, the Truth, and the Life.

I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

John 10:10

Famous Last Words

Every now and then – okay way more often than I should – I follow a rabbit trail.  Not literally – but figuratively following a link to a picture or a recipe or a quote that was somehow loosely connected to whatever it was I was originally trying to accomplish.

Today’s rabbit trail came in the form of an image of Lucille Ball attached to a caption about last words of actors and actresses. Now, I’m not usually interested in actresses or death but Lucille Ball, as a fellow red-head, has sort of a strange attraction for my imagination.  Funny thing was – her last words were not what captured my attention.  The person whose last words inspired this post was Charlie Chaplin.

According to Chris Raymond, writer for about.com (where the rabbit trail lead), indicates that Chaplin’s last words were spoken in response to a priest (presumably performing last rights?) who said, “May God have mercy on your soul.”  Chaplin’s response was, “Why not? It belongs to Him.”

How many actors or actresses today would respond with such a confident statement? How many politicians?  How many of any of us?

One of the signs of the last days, or end times, will be people’s inability to discern (distinguish between) right and wrong – even in the smallest decisions.  This lack of certainty brings, by definition, confusion and leads to a wandering of the mind, will, and emotions, collectively known as the soul.

With what certainty can we say today, “My soul belongs to God. I am confident of my decision to follow Jesus.  I have been called out of the wilderness of confusion and into the certainty of my inheritance – my adoption into the family of Christ, my brother”?

Do you have today the peace that comes from the confidence of salvation?

It is my sincere prayer that you do, but if you do not – if you find yourself wandering in the soul-ish dessert – hear the cry of one calling out – “Make straight the pathway”.

Isaiah 40: 1-11