“You live in a world of deception.” (Jeremiah 9:6)
The days of Jeremiah were low times for Judah. Pervasive idolatry and gross immorality rampaged through society. The Lord said of them, “They proceed from one evil to another, and they do not take Me into account.” (Jeremiah 9:3) One of these evils was that they had become experts at lying. The practice of deception was as common as desert sand. Their world was characterized by deception. While deceiving one another continually unraveled their social and spiritual fabric, the greatest deception of all in their repertoire was their self-deception. They believed their own lies.
A world that practices a lifestyle built on a foundation of humanism and self-centeredness, so that its values are the fruit of humanism, is a world of deception and especially of self-deception. God gets sent to a corner as irrelevant in such an environment. For these folks, the only thing that matters is having fun and enjoying life. Work is important when it takes place, but otherwise work is simply a means to the fun life.
In their self deception, these folks miss the meaning of life altogether. They are deceiving themselves into believing they are living a great life, while in reality they are squandering their opportunity to experience truth and real life, one that comes when we acknowledge, recognize, and embrace the sovereignty of God.
The superficiality of self-deception will cost them everything. And that is sad.
It’s not as though there are no options, however. The good news is that anyone who has followed a lifestyle of deception or self-deception can turn around and join those who walk the path of peace, significance, and truth. Jesus provided us with this option through His death on the cross and through His resurrection from the dead. Going this direction takes only a decision.
Lord, Please help anyone who has not yet made that decision to decide today that he or she will follow You in faith. Amen.