The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”Lamentations 3:22–24
One of the most embarrassing things in the world is to be caught in a lie. When someone finds out about something you lied about, they have seen inside of you and they don’t like what they see. They’ve seen your selfishness, they’ve seen your imperfection and you know they don’t like it because they are mad at you or disappointed in you for it. No one wants to be called a liar, and no one wants to be lied to. But, even though we hate being lied to and we fear being caught when we lie, there are times when lies happen. In the card game Cheat, players put cards upside-down into a discard pile, one after the other, in numerical order. As each player lays down all their fives, or eights or whatever number the pile is on, other players can call them liars if they don’t think they have that many cards of a kind. Even though the game requires some lying in order to finish it, the feeling of being caught can still be uncomfortable and even embarrassing, not to mention a bad way to win the game.
When we lie, our words are unfaithful. We don’t mean what we say, and while card players cheat for fun, relationships require faithfulness. Imagine a world like the card game where no one was faithful, and everyone was playing loose with the truth. A society like this would be paralyzed because no one could trust anyone. Unlike Pinocchio, who you know isn’t telling the truth by the length of his nose, you couldn’t trust the cook, the care-giver, or the car driver. In order to survive as a healthy society we have to value faithfulness. Faithfulness is the foundation of human safety. We cannot be safe with people we cannot trust.
But we all fail at faithfulness from time to time. We lie to protect ourselves. We deceive to be liked, to keep from getting in trouble, we have good reasons for little white lies and that’s why God’s faithfulness is so hard to conceive. We’ve never seen anything like it here on earth, but His faithfulness is never ceasing. He doesn’t do what He says just as long as we do what we say, His mercy never comes to an end. His faithfulness is our hope. It’s the only reason we can even trust one another, because ultimately we trust Him and know that He will work all things together for the good of those who love Him. So if we have nothing else at all, we have His faithfulness and for the faithful, that is our portion, it is all that we need.
Questions to ponder
What are the easiest lies for you to tell? Why?
How can you live a more faithful life by using truthful words?
Who is it, in your life, that you need to confess a lie to today (to have a clear conscience and to communicate the love of God?)