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“I have chosen the way of truth” (Psalm 119:30). “Stop lying to each other; tell the truth” (Ephesians 4:25).
I got a call from a telemarketer the other day which is not unusual. Although I am supposed to be on a “Do Not Call” list for these types of sales pitches we still get them often and they’re typically loaded with deception.
This call had a very real human sounding voice that I still detected was fake so I rudely interrupted and asked, “Is this a live human voice?” A very slight pause and the voice answered, “Yes, I am a live, state of the art computer generated human voice”, whatever that means!
Whether it be politics, entertainment, tech, marketing, even from those who claim to be Christians frankly, I increasingly assume I am probably being lied to and must always stay on my guard.
I saw an ad for a special smart key organizer and holder that supposedly organizes your keys that claims on average we spend 6 minutes looking for our keys each morning. 1) Putting “smart” on any product seems to be a common and presently effective marketing tactic! But then, who wants to have a dumb phone? 2) What would keep me from misplacing this special key holder any more than the old fashioned key ring that I now use? 3) How in the world do they determine that on average we spend 6 minutes looking for our keys in the morning? Some people must spend hours daily to make this an average!
Dictionary.com’s word of the year is “misinformation” which in many ways is just a polite way of saying lying. Another newer word that relates to this is
“post-truth” which is when facts are viewed as irrelevant, or less important than personal beliefs and opinions. That sure describes the spirit of this age!
The breakdown of truthfulness is an epidemic at all levels of society. Truthfulness is foundational to order in society. Saint Augustine said, “When regard for truth has been broken down or even slightly weakened, all things will remain doubtful.”
The breakdown in truthfulness is rampant in the family, community, court systems, and nations. It’s certainly true in the business world and sadder yet it can and does exist among professing Christians and the Church.
The foundational importance of truthfulness is stated in the ninth commandment, “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” The simple Proverb says, “The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please Him” (20:23).
In the daily text as the Psalmist declares, “I have chosen the way of truth”. That’s sure a statement that we do well to make and apply to our lives. The sense of the Hebrew word for “way” is “a course of life or mode of action.”
Based upon the Scriptures I see two ways of understanding this verse:
1) The sense of being truthful in all our ways. Paul instructed the Ephesian believers, “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body” (Ephesians 4:25). “Do not lie to one another”(Colossians 3:9).
2) Following the teaching of Christ there is also the sense of following the way of truth. Christ stated, “I am the way, the truth, the life” (John 14:6). The “way of truth” was used by Peter to describe this (2 Peter 2:2).
May God give each of us a daily resolve to choose and walk in the “way of truth.”
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, I choose the way of truth, for it is also the way of light, for Jesus Himself said, “I am the Light.” Darkness lurks where deception and falsehood exists and becomes the breeding ground for all sorts of evil. Father, I ask You to shine Your searchlight on the contents and attitudes of my heart. Since I can be self-deceived if I am careless reveal to me the motive for my actions. Help me to purge all that dishonors Your name. I invite Your light to dispel the darkness that would otherwise seep into my soul. Amen.