2 Thessalonians 2:11 (KJV) 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
For God to send strong delusion for people to believe lies sounds very “unGodlike.” But the statement isn’t a point blank no-context declaration. The people God causes to be greatly deceived are those who refuse to love the truth. They refuse the truth that saves. We may ask, why doesn’t God send them stronger convincing proofs and truths? He already has, and He knows no greater revelation will convince them otherwise.
As sad as it may be, there are people we lovingly and sincerely pray for, but they’re just implacably set in their ways. No amount of dialogue, conversations, love, reason, or evidence will make them change their minds. They pursue their godless ways, influence others to doing the same, and even invent new ways to do evil. In God’s patience, wisdom, justice, and gentleness, He lets them be, and turns them over to reprobate minds.
We won’t give up praying for everyone, no matter how hopeless, hardheaded, and hardhearted they may seem. We don’t know if they’re unyielding; only God does. We’ve often been surprised by God’s Spirit. We’ve witnessed the most hardened criminals and even the most “hell-bent” terrorists come to their senses, humble themselves before God, and bow their knees to Him in full trust and surrender. Most of us probably didn’t believe the first time we heard the Gospel. We can’t really count the number of times Jesus through His Spirit knocked on the doors of our hearts before we finally opened up and invited Him to reside in us.
Praise God, He didn’t give up on us. Praise God, people didn’t stop praying for us. We may have been considered cold, hardheaded, hardhearted, and inconvincible as well, but the “Hound of Heaven,” with His stubborn love, didn’t let go of us. But here we are now—fruits of God’s love, patience, grace, and mercy, enjoying the blessings of those who met Him heart to heart, Spirit to spirit,” and soon, face to face.