The truth shall set you free

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Proverbs 12 vs 22

“Ly­ing lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truth­fully are His de­light.”

A fa­mous car man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany was re­cently caught out and ex­posed for hav­ing said some­thing that was un­true. Their crime is that they had lied and mis­led the world at large, there was an in­ter­na­tional out­cry be­cause of the lies they had told.

All hell broke loose, re­sult­ing in the CEO and the board of di­rec­tors step­ping down in shame and scan­dal, af­ter they had been ex­posed. Not long be­fore that, a fa­mous politi­cian had stepped down be­cause of the lies he had told his coun­try that had been dis­cov­ered.

As I thought about it I re­alised how in­ter­est­ing it is that one can lit­er­ally get away with all and sundry when it comes to is­sues re­lated to moral­ity, but the stan­dard set for what can and can­not be said is very high. A cer­tain section of so­ci­ety will not forgive some­one who tells lies.

Some­how peo­ple have be­come so ac­cus­tomed to telling lies that it has got to a point where the truth is twisted in a bid to get ahead or achieve an ob­jec­tive. We have even got to a point where we cat­e­gorise lies ac­cord­ing to “how se­ri­ous they are”, there are white lies and blue lies. The re­al­ity is an un­truth is an un­truth, pe­riod.

It is some­times eas­ier to man­age cir­cum­stances, sit­u­a­tions, events and out­comes by twist­ing the truth, this is some­thing we are all guilty of. When con­fronted with un­fa­mil­iar cir­cum­stances and a pos­si­bil­ity he was not sure of, Abra­ham was quick to sell off his wife as his sis­ter. Only when his ac­tions be­gan to bring mis­for­tune into the home of Pharaoh and he was found out, did he own up that he had told an un­truth.

It’s so much eas­ier to mask things with un­truth, how­ever it re­veals the type of per­son you are. It shows that you have a to­tal lack of trust in God above, be­cause you are ea­ger to twist and change your for­tunes us­ing your own in­ter­ven­tions.

Like Abra­ham, these in­ter­ven­tions can some­times have neg­a­tive out­comes for all con­cerned. The truth may not be palat­able but once it has been said, what more can pos­si­bly oc­cur other than ac­cep­tance?

I have known peo­ple who tell all man­ner of tales in a bid to achieve a de­sired out­come, an ex­pe­di­ent out­come that is not di­vine in na­ture and will not stand the test of time. Be­fore long, you will face some­thing sim­i­lar and, like Abra­ham, you will con­tinue to fail the test.

Not long af­ter that, your lies will start to trip you as they be­come dif­fi­cult to sus­tain. One lie leads to an­other and be­fore long, you have a mul­ti­tude of lies to main­tain and man­age. This will have a stress­ful im­pact on you be­cause ly­ing be­comes your life and you have to keep it up.

Trust the Lord to pro­vide a break­through for where you find your­self to­day. Trust Him enough to not take the in­tended course that you think is eas­ier. Pain may man­i­fest from the truth you may have to tell and share but trust Him enough to know that He won’t let you down, de­spite what it seems like.

In time, Abra­ham changed and to­day we know Him as hav­ing ex­hib­ited faith that is spo­ken and told of from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. Learn from your mis­takes and grad­u­ate to a bet­ter place, like Abra­ham did.

Be blessed

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