“Every word they speak is a land mine: their lungs breathe out poison gas. Their throats are gaping graves, their tongues slick as mudslides…” Psalm 5:9
One of the biggest disappointments I have with people is lying. If someone lies, it takes more lies to cover the first one, and soon it becomes a vicious circle of untruths. Some of the lies are so far-fetched, it makes me wonder how anyone would believe them. And, reputations are ruined from even one lie—as once a liar, no one can be sure they won’t lie again. It especially grieves me when people with a great deal of influence lie.
I’ve mentioned before that I do not lie, regardless how painful the truth may be. It took one incident as a child and the reprimand of my mother to prove that lying doesn’t pay. Sometimes people will kid around and say something and immediately say, “I lied.” Because I don’t lie, I don’t expect anyone else to either, so I believe whatever I’m told. Then, when I learn of the truth, I feel betrayed.
God is betrayed when we tell lies. God knows before we utter a word if we are being truthful. He knows when we say, “God, I’ll never ________________________ again” that we are humans and cannot be perfect no matter how hard we try. It is better to just say, “I’ll do my best to _____________________.” That is being honest.
Forgive us, Lord, for trying to fool you with our lies. Amen.