Ephesians 4:25 (MSG) 25 What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.
More than once, I heard my mom say, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” Thank you, Mother…you were always the master of sayings.
Today, we watched just outside our home-office window as this fat little creature waited patiently. It didn’t take long for the desk light to tempt a moth who then ventured in too far. He might have been able to find his way out except that the spider was waiting to devour and the moth had moved in too closely. The minute the moth landed in the web, the spider rushed over, spun him in a little ball of silk…waited a few seconds and then voila…dinner! This happened repeatedly, reminding me that the Bible says, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
Grab your morning coffee and let’s think about that spider. The enemy of our soul is intentional about trapping us. He will put something in front of us that attracts us …we fall for the lies. Sometimes we tell the lies. Of course, satan is the father of all lies. So when we get involved with him, it quickly becomes complex to free ourselves. It can even be hard to want to free ourselves. The silk of entanglement is soft and beautiful and can be hard to resist. Even though it is a common temptation (all temptation is common) somehow I think I am special, I can manage it. I can outsmart it. I can ignore the truth.
You can’t quite see a corner of the computer in the picture. What you also can’t see is that it is open to a Bible program. It reminded me of you and me. The moth went the wrong direction…away from freedom. How often we go the wrong direction and get sucked right in. The Bible and our God are open and available, and yet…we walk away from Truth.
Walking in truth might mean painful choices that can feel impossible (sometimes even self destructive). The answer is always, always to ask God for wisdom and strength to do what is right. We can rest assured that God is with us and for us, not against us. He is mercy, He is love and He is grace. It is Who He is…not who He is trying to be. It is His character. He longs for us to come to Him in order that our eyes will be opened. He desires to walk beside us every step of the way.
There may be consequences, even losses. But He promises to work the good, the bad and the ugly out for our good and His glory!