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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Saturday Sermonette - Getting Inside the Truth

Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Psalm 51:8, NKJV

Lately I'm hearing so much about truth and lies that I wonder which is which. I know sometimes a person must peel away layers of lies to find where the nugget of truth is. Even people we've trusted and admired all our lives are suddenly proven to have lies coating them. But like new paint on old wood, sooner or later all those lies are going to curl away, and the bare, rotting wood underneath will be exposed.

You see, the problem with a lie is that you have to tell another lie to cover it up. I know you've heard that before. And soon another one to cover that one up. Pretty soon not even you will remember what the truth really is.

Why do we "stretch the truth"? To protect ourselves, sometimes. We've done something we shouldn't have, but don't want to take the blame for it. Because it's easier than the truth, sometimes. The truth isn't as stupendous or pretty. It's sort of like wearing lots of makeup, covering the bumps in the complexion, you know?

Truth will get rid of the lie--but it could be humiliating. It could have repercussions we won't like. We could become unpopular--exposed. So why bother?

There's only one reason to "come clean" that makes sense to me: because it will make God happy. You can't lie to God, you know. He already knows that hidden part that we won't let the world see. But He desires truth in us. He loves the truth. Truth sets us free (even though the deceiver would have us believe otherwise).

You cannot be wise if you hang onto lies. Period. So ...

Lord, please help us get rid of those little lies that darken our hearts. Help us, because without You, we'll never find the courage to tell the truth. In Jesus's name and for His sake, amen.
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