Proverbs 19:21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
Definition of delusion: A delusion is a false belief that is based on an incorrect interpretation of reality. A person with delusional disorder will firmly hold on to a false belief despite clear evidence to the contrary.
As strange as it sounds, the above definition seems to be describing the world system and all the beliefs that go along within it. The word of God says that the heavens declare the glory of God and yet God is not believed or even acknowledged. Psalm 19:1 The heavens are declaring the glory of God, and their expanse shows the work of his hands.
When an unbelieving man wants to be a denier concerning the existence of the only wise God, then he himself chooses to be delusional in his response to the obvious facts of God’s creation staring him in the face. God never debates with the unbeliever, whether God is or is not. God simply says to have a taste of Him and they will know where the blessing of life is. Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
These people choose self-denial and self-delusion in order to live the way they want; without code in life or responsibility of life toward anyone or anything. They think they can protect themselves from hurts and grief by simply rejecting the responsibility of life that sometimes brings challenging and emotional events. They are basically saying, “I do not acknowledge God, therefore, I am free from His expectations of me.” Rom. 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
In the early 1980’s I was ministering in the prisons of New South Wales, Australia. I met a lot of inmates who had convinced themselves it was the fault of others they were incarcerated. They sometimes rationalized that they had little to do with the fact that they had robbed the bank, stolen the cars, or had committed other crimes. They were always sorry for getting caught and if they had another chance they would not get caught the next time. This self-delusional conversation went on most of the time. When I did meet people who did take responsibility for their actions, the outcome was very different. When these people were released from prison, most of them had productive lives.
In essence, we will be able to grow up in the Lord and in our thinking. 1 Cor. 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. Look for the wisdom of the Lord and grow in His grace. God is our hope and we need not be ashamed, because the word of God is the power of our salvation and life. Rom. 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Believing in God’s word is not delusional, it is righteous and good living. Amen.