How are you doing with telling the truth? Do you deal fairly and honestly with others? Do you make excuses, which are simply lies dressed up like explanations? Today we see that God desires for us to be honest in all dealings with others…
13 Do not have two differing weights in your bag—one heavy, one light. 14 Do not have two differing measures in your house—one large, one small. 15 You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 16 For the Lord your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly.
Dishonesty has been around as long as there have been people. Well, even before there were people. Satan was dishonest about himself as an angel in God’s service. He deceived himself into thinking he was as great as God Almighty (Isaiah 14:12-14). This is when Satan was cast out and became the father of lies.
Adam and Eve were deceptive with God when they sinned in the garden. Their disobedience of God’s command was compounded by their attempts to hide their sin. That’s what we do. You do it. I do it. Let’s be honest with God about it.
When we tell lies or deceive people, we are really being dishonest with God. A lie violates God’s holiness just like any other sin does. And so, if we think it’s okay to be dishonest with another person by manipulating weights and measures or misrepresenting facts or situations we should check ourselves. We might be dealing with another person, yet ultimately we are dealing with God.
God detests dishonesty.
How are you doing with telling the truth? Do you have some white lies in your bag? Do you make excuses, which are simply lies dressed up like explanations? Are you honest with yourself in life? And are your dealings fair with others? Or do you manipulate things to get an advantage in transactions and dealings?
God wants us to live honestly before him.