“Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:”
The one thing you have that nobody but you can affect is your word. If you are a person of your word, it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, your value will be priceless because everyone will know that you can be depended upon. If you always tell the truth, people will always know that you can be trusted.
God said about Judah in the verse above, “…their lies caused them to err…” One thing that God hates is lying, and Judah lied so much that it led them to walk in ways that led to their destruction. Lying always leads to punishment and destruction. It is interesting that God uses the word “err” to describe the cause and affects of lying. This word reveals several things about an individual who is willing to lie.
First, lying is a sin of pride. The cause of lying is always an individual’s pride. A person lies because the truth will either cause them to look bad or to be inconvenienced. In both cases, pride is the source. Proverbs 8:13 says, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” This verse shows God’s hatred for pride. God further shows how much He hates lying in Proverbs 12:22 when He says, “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD…” You cannot be comfortable with lying and be right with the LORD.
Second, lying reveals your direction. The word “err” means to wander from the right way. The verse above shows this to be true when it says that they followed the sins of their fathers. You cannot be comfortable with lying and continue to follow the LORD’s way of living. My friend, you can only live and tell lies for so long before the true direction of your heart is revealed. The direction that lies reveal is that you are not dedicated to doing things God’s ways.
Third, lying affects your judgment. The word “err” also means to commit error. A person who is comfortable with lying always has poor judgment. The willingness to lie reveals that a person has poor judgment. The poor judgment that lying causes passes into every facet of your life. If the only reason you choose not to lie is to protect your judgment, that in itself is a good reason.
Fourth, lying affects your dependability. The character of an individual is determined by what it takes for a person to lie. Wherever that line is that a person is willing to lie is the degree to which you can depend on them. You can’t depend on people who are willing to lie because they will eventually lie to you in the time when you need them.
Let me ask you; are you comfortable with lying? Do you lie to people when the truth makes you uncomfortable? Do you lie when the truth causes you to be inconvenienced? Your word is only as good as the last lie. Lying always mars your judgment and causes you to do things you thought you would never do. I understand that everyone has lied at some point in their lives, but you must be sure that you do your best to overcome this sin. Always remember that one lie always leads to another, and it will destroy your name and your future.