A friend and I were discussing parenting woes. She asked, only semi-rhetorically, if there was anything more painful than having your child lie to you. I understood exactly what she meant – that sharp blend of anger, betrayal, and disappointment when someone you love so unconditionally chooses to lie rather than face the consequences of their actions. It’s a hard lesson to teach and a tough one to experience.
So why do we, as children of God, lie before – and to – our Father so often? Are we the toddler who lies, believing we are not at fault makes it so? Or the youngster who lies to put the blame on someone else because we want to hurt them? Or the teenager who lies as an act of defiance, daring authority to act? Or are we the adult who lies to drown out painful realities?
Lies are self-serving; the truth serves God. And when we think we can hide the truth from Him, we are weak and foolish. He knows the genuine intent of our selfish hearts. He knows the fear that cloaks itself in harsh words and falsehoods. He knows the truth. He is the Truth.
Lies come from fear. God asks us repeatedly to set aside fear and trust in Him. He loves us and is eager to forgive us. Why do we delay that reconciliation by speaking falsehoods about each other, manipulating the facts, and shirking responsibility for our actions? Why do we not eagerly drop our painful burden and embrace the hope and forgiveness He offers?
We reject His grace, thinking in our brokenness that we don’t deserve it anyway. We spurn His mercy, fearing to admit that we are wrong. We cling to darkness because we think the Light will expose our unworthiness.
Let us reject falsehood from our own mouths and from the mouths of others. Let our words and actions reflect His glory. Let us rejoice in the truth and live in its power.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really know Me, you will know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.’”