When my son was a little fella, I found a square of bitter, baking chocolate etched with tiny, teeth marks in the corner, tossed into his garbage can. He was known for his mischievous ways, so even though I knew his plan to eat sweetly and secretly had turned very bitter indeed, I asked him if he had gotten into my baking chocolate. He overlooked the facts confirmed by the bite marks and denied it! I knew better and was quite upset to see such a little one tell a lie, and wondered just what we were in for in the years ahead, but even more crucial than my disappointment was his own deception. Oh how deceived he was to think all was well, when it wasn’t well at all ‘cuz one who deceives others will live a lie, but will never deceive a God of Truth. As we all fall short of God’s commandments, he had broken a principle and a commandment of God’s law, “Thou Shalt Not Lie.” He thought by lying he could break even, avoid reprimand and get away with it but those tiny teeth marks told the whole story with clear evidence! Lies are sweet for the moment when they portray innocence but a bitter poison to the soul.
How true in our world of truth versus lies; The evidence of a lie will not stand against the Truth. A man’s lies will entrap Him and catch him in his own web. . In Psalm 119: 29 the Psalmist pleads “Keep me from lying to myself.” Self deception is a fruit of sinful, human, nature, that comes back to sting and bite and lead us to self destruction. Access to God’s Word of Truth is not a right but a privilege made available to us through God’s grace. It’s the only cure for the plague of self deception and the restoration of self destruction. So..beautiful soul, stay true to truth today! Don’t succumb to even a little, white lie because the evil one and the father of lies lives there ready to snag you up and entrap you in the sticky, web of deceit and the more you try to escape the more that sticky web entraps. Today then, just make the wrong right, and trust a God of truth to sustain you in a world of deception, where lies are the norm and truth the minority.
“I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.”