It is human nature to soothe ourselves by acting like everything’s okay.
This is the strategy of the doctor who says, “Now this won’t hurt a bit.” Or the dentist who says, “You going to feel a little pinch.” The doctor knows his words are false, but he’s hoping they will have a soothing effect on his patient’s mind.
In Isaiah 5, Judah was trying to make everything okay by telling themselves something that wasn’t true.
Woe to those…who say, ‘Let him be quick, let him speed his work that we may see it; let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near, and let it come, that we may know it!’ Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Is. 5:18-20)
God’s people were putting on the same act in Amos’ day. Amos tries to reason with them saying,
Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! Why would you have the day of the Lord? It is darkness, and not light… All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, who say, “Disaster shall not overtake or meet us.” (Amos 5:18; 9:10)
Some folks believe their words have some magical power to remove guilt, so they say, “Everything’s going to be alright. God will not judge me.” This is more sinister than a doctor downplaying the pain of a shot. It is the equivalent to a denial of God’s warnings against sin.
The proper way to feel good about what we are doing is not to tell ourselves lies. The way to religious satisfaction is by adhering to God’s will (Mt. 7:21).
Let’s make this personal. Have you been rationalizing some sin in your life, telling yourself everything’s okay when you know it’s not? Have you known for a long time that you need to repent? Have you been putting off baptism? Have you been blaming others for broken relationships in your life?
Stop kidding yourself.