“Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.” Psalms 120:2
Many years ago, I desperately needed a job, so I went to a nearby hotel and met with the supervisor. During a brief interview, she asked me, “Out of all the hotels you can stay at in the world, from the Ritz Carlton to the Waldorf Astoria, which one would you choose?” Feeling desperate, I lied and said I would choose this one. Mind you, this was a run down hotel that didn’t look at all like anything I would want to stay in. But I did what I thought I had to do even if it meant lying. Yes, the supervisor hired me, but I quit the job two weeks later.
A young man was desperate to get his children back from their birth mother so he married a woman whom he discovered was a social worker. He convinced himself that he loved her and romanced her, but in his heart all he really wanted was help getting custody. Two months after he was awarded custody of his children, he divorced her after two years of marriage.
You might suppose that what he did was far worse, but in God’s eyes, there is no difference. In both instances, we lied in order to get what we desperately wanted. The Bible tells us that lying and deceit is an abomination to God and He instructs us to choose the way of truth (see Proverbs 6:16-18; Psalms 119:30).
Through the years, God has matured me and has taught me how to trust Him. If we can’t have something by being truthful, then it’s not worth having. I’ve learned that when we are truthful, we display the character of Jesus and He will bless us with increased favor on our lives!
Prayer: Father God, forgive me for everytime I’ve lied or been involved in deceit. That’s not of you. Grow me up Lord and develop in me your character. Help me when I feel desperate, afraid and tempted to lie. Help me trust you and be confident in your ability to provide and make a way out of no way for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.