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Lie to Me

Lie to Me

Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 30:10-11

When in pursuit of my own destructive appetites, I follow those voices that allow me to continue on my path. I don’t want to hear the truth – that I’m headed towards self-inflicted disaster – I only want to hear the lies that keep me going. Sometimes these lies come from others, but usually, I simply lie to myself.

I do this in one of two extremes. First, to protect myself from facing my sin, I convince myself that I’m not really doing anything wrong. I’m not that bad. It’s how I feel, so it must be right. I deserve this. I’m not hurting anyone. Everyone else is just uptight and should mind their own business. I can do whatever I want and get away with it because I’m indispensable. In this state, I dismiss the gravity of my destructive behavior.

In the other extreme, when I can’t hide from my poor choices anymore, I err in the other direction, embracing futility. I’m just a hopeless addict. I’ll never change. I’ll always be overweight, prideful, greedy, selfish, lustful and addicted. In adopting this fatalistic view, I acknowledge my mess, but still, I refuse to deal with it.

The truth I’m desperate to avoid, is that I can and should change. The lies I cling to are the ones that protect me from actually going through the discomfort of transformation. Getting sober is painful. Losing weight is hard. So, I manufacture whatever false truth that protects me from doing those things.

The truth I must embrace is this: I may be making horrible choices and I may be enslaved to my own destructive desires, but I do not have to live this way. I’ve failed repeatedly because I’ve not been willing to do whatever it takes to change. If I truly want transformation, I must ask God what to do – and then I must do it – to abandon myself and follow him every day. This will be tremendously difficult, but if I want to change, I must continually abandon my lies for his truth.

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  1. Christian McArthur says:

    This is such an amazing passage. I love it because the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel responds with warnings of judgement, but the solution to the issue you cited is this:

    “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

    He then goes on to warn them from attempting rescue on there own in verses 16 and 17. And responds in 18:

    “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.”

    Thanks for pointing to the Gospel of Christ in Isaiah this morning.

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