You have heard the saying: “Oh, what tangled webs we weave, when we practice to deceive.” I remember when I was a teenager, not really doing what my dad had asked me to do and when confronted, I had to make up a lie to cover my last lie. I learned very quickly that having to keep up with those lies was very difficult. It was hard to remember what I exactly lied about! The funny thing is that my dad knew it. But, he let me go on with my little scheme. Looking back, he was probably thinking it was humorous. Since then, I never have lied about anything else – ever! While the truth is difficult to face, it is the cleanest and most effective way out of a dilemma.
In 2 Samuel 11:2-27, David is in a huge dilemma. He sees a beautiful woman bathing, calls her in, and has sex with her. She is another man’s wife. The other man is a soldier for David’s army. Well, guess what? She becomes pregnant. She is now with child from the King David. David is in a bad place. So, he brings the soldier in and tries to get him to go to his wife and have sex with her – so that he will think it is his child. But, the soldier doesn’t do it. And, so instead of coming out with the truth as what had happened, King David has the soldier killed. Now David has committed two sins – Adultery and murder.
What dilemma may you be in that requires the truth? As Christians, our integrity is one of the greatest strengths we have. Protect it at all cost!
Let us pray…Gracious God, help us to speak the truth in your name! The truth sometimes is so painful, but then gives us freedom. Let the Truth of your love provide love and forgiveness…even though it may be difficult to tell because of the consequences at hand. Amen.