Sunday, June 12, 2011

Deceit

 19Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
 20For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
 21Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
Psalm 35:19-21, King James Version


Deceit

We live in a world filled with deceit, so much so that it is often very difficult to tell the difference between the truth and lies. It seems that David, though still in his youth, was caught in a deceitful web woven skillfully by his enemies. What had he done wrong? Nothing!

His enemies spoke of peace, but there was no thought of peace in their minds. This certainly has a familiar ring to it, does it not? In the world in which we live, how does one even hope to discern the truth. As a matter of fact, in the world of politics, we do not even expect the politicians to be telling us the truth.

Sadly, few people take the time to delve into matters and discern the real truth. David found himself in much the same situation. After all, who will people believe? Will they believe the king, or a supposedly renegade rebel seeking to usurp the king's throne? Though any who knew David personally knew of his Godly character, people were so ready to believe all manner of evil spoken against him.

David went to the only One who would hear his cause and judge in an upright manner:  God! There is certainly a lesson for us here. In David's case, and truthfully in ours as well, his only hope was in God.

Is it so very different today? How quickly our friends and even family members can turn against us, but God knows the truth? As a Christian, what is the most important thing to us? Are we most anxious to clear our good name, or are we most anxious to seek God's resolution in the matter? Could it be that God will be more glorified if our name is not immediately cleared?

That is a sobering thought, is it not? It is not easy to take a broader approach to life and understand that God's plans are superior to our own. His plans take in the eternal scope of all matters.

Let us pray, that by God's grace, in this world filled with deceit, we will live our lives in a God-centered manner; seeking to glorify His name above our own!

God Bless You,
Linda

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