Have It Your Way
God does not always tell the truth.
“I also will 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 mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.”
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Let’s start by taking a look at a troubling fact. God does not always tell the truth. Who is this God that sends people strong delusion? And how is this love?
Of course, Yahweh desires for us to love the Truth. If we are willing to humble ourselves and face the truth, He is willing to help us bear it. Love, indeed, bears all things, and from the ashes of reality Messiah gives us something beautiful. But if we fear and hate truth, if we deny truth and flee from it, the truth becomes a stumbling block and a Rock of offense for us.
How does a God who is truth become perverse to the perverse? Does His love disappear when He resists the proud and laughs to scorn the wicked who seek to destroy the innocent? No, His love never fails. But make no mistake, Yahweh is the God of the oppressed, the deliverer of the captive. He is not the God of the oppressor.
What Jesus did to humanity was as violent as a hailstorm and as destructive as an overflowing river. The good news for the meek is bad news for the haughty. That it pleased the Father to scourge His own Son says something about what He will do to the wicked. And so it is that He intentionally tells us He chooses the delusions of the wicked. He sends those who do not love the truth those same delusions, so they will believe a lie; that those who take pleasure in unrighteousness might be damned.
Yahweh reveals Himself as a man of war. His son came bearing a sword and His Kingdom is taken with violence. While His gentleness is revealed in the fact that He prepares a table for us in the midst of our enemies, so is His power. Our enemies are not sitting at the table with us. They are thwarted by the power of God. And although they at times spread forth like a spreading vine, the time is coming when they will not be found.
Covenants with Hell
Agreements with death….
The hail storm is coming
Jesus invites us to tear down our refuge of lies. He says, “he who seeks to save his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will have everlasting life.” Losing your life for the sake of truth is violent, indeed. Being willing to undergo the operation of God’s Spirit of Truth is painful and it is performed without anesthetics.
If you choose to believe the operation is unnecessary and want to move on without change, God, at times, is willing to tell you all is well. He told Baalam he should go ahead and meet with the Moabites. Then Yahweh sent an angel to cut his head off. The LORD sent Ahab a lying spirit to convince him he would prevail if he engaged his enemies in battle. Ahab believed God’s messenger and was killed, just as Yahweh had planned.
How can two walk together except they be agreed? What fellowship does darkness have with light? At some point, Yahweh will give to us exactly what we have chosen. CS Lewis said there are two kinds of people, those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “Thy will be done.” The worst words a person can hear from God are, “Have it your way.”
God protects the oppressed from the oppressor. His love for those who humble themselves is matched by His judgment for the proud and haughty. When the Egyptian army drowned in the Red Sea, it was an expression of God’s great love for the Jewish people.
He is cunning
He is not squeamish…
“Go ahead, have it your way.”
The God of truth is cunning. He is not squeamish. It is this God of truth who allows people to choose darkness instead of light because their deeds are evil. Repentance is a gift of God because repentance first requires truth to be revealed. It is only in His light that we shall see light, and this is a gift that Yahweh does not always give to those who need it. At times, what He gives instead is a delusion. It is a lie the lost will believe until the day comes when every knee shall bow before the Living God.