Daily… that’s right, I said daily, we have to deal with a word that appears in the Bible in its various forms, more than one hundred forty-seven times.
It is not one of the first words that we learn, but what it represents is learned at a very early age; once learned and refined in our thinking we endeavor to utilize it to maximum to accomplish our “goals”, even though they may be in opposition to the truth.
Trying to keep abreast of the latest NEWS and determine what is accurate, an opinion, or an outright lie, dignified by some of our opinions or conclusions or even our goals in life, legitimate or illegitimate is not easy. A large part of that determination is based upon our relationship to God and His Word, the Holy Scriptures.
Think with me! God had hardly created man and woman when the devil tried, successfully, to thwart their walk with the Lord. “And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived fell into transgression.” (1 Timothy 2:14; the details are found in Genesis 3)
Those who play with the English language to accomplish their goals are deceptive. There are warnings in regard to this. Galatians 6:7, 8 is a good illustration. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
The far reaching effects of our pilgrimage journey down here, is beyond comprehension. It involves others. Duplicity discovered will undoubtedly create a web of entanglement. One sees another get away with deceit and is encouraged to attempt the same because it seems to them that it is the only way to become top dog in the pack. Without Christ as the anchor of the soul and His way as the only way one can build for eternity, deception can appear legitimate.
Let us guard against deception and speak only the truth! There could be no greater compliment to you or me at the end of life’s journey, than the words of others: “He was honest! He was truthful! He endeavored to glorify God in all matters of life!