"Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed. Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace! No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble. The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in those who tell the truth." Proverbs 12:19-22 NLT
I don't know how quickly you read through the scriptures for this week, but I encourage you to pause right now and go back and read the passage again. There is great encouragement in it for truth tellers. This week's passage tells us that "no harm comes to the godly", as comforting as that should be, it would be a mistake to read into this passage and think that it's going to be easy. It may not be. In fact sometimes telling the truth can be difficultand take some courage.
Years ago when we lived in California we were regular shoppers at a clothing store named Melvyn's, which is no longer around. On one occasion I had a coupon that offered 20% off on one item in addition to all the other discounts. Taking advantage of the discount I purchased a jacket I had been looking at, but also purchased about a dozen other smaller items. When I got home and looked at the receipt I discovered that the cashier had applied the discount to ALL of the items, not just the jacket. It sure would have been easy to do nothing, and it wasn't a lot of money. But wanting to be truthful and pay the correct amount, I returned to the store to have them make the correction and charge me the difference. If I am being candid, I was feeling really good about my decision and I was even expecting a little bit of recognition for my efforts. The exact opposite happened, the customer service clerk was downright annoyed at me. She told me that she would have to return all of the items one by one and then ring them back up one by one. She inquired if I really would want her to do that. It would have been easier to let it go, but that would not be right. It wasn't easy to tell the truth, and the clerk was upset with me, but the Lord was delighted.
There are too many that are dishonest for their own advantage and have made a habit of telling lies. Finding fault and being critical is easy. It becomes even easier when it is a lie. There are too many that are plotting evil with hearts filled with deceitin our day. Sometimes you may have even found yourself being the target of those lies. But I want to encourage you that it isn't your charge to run down those that are lying, they will have their own fill of trouble. "Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed." If you tried to correct all of the lies spoken, you would do little else. Our charge is to tell the truth, and in time the truth will prevail.
This week stand tall, tell the truth, and let the Lord delight in You.
In His Hands,