Oh What Tangled Web We Weave!
If you have played the fool and exalted yourself or if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth! For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife. Proverbs 30:32-33
In our daily walk, most of us come into contact with other human beings whether in person, or electronically. When we interact with people, there is the potential for stirring up anger. Whether we admit it or not, sometimes we intentionally “stir” the pot to put ourselves in a better light or to get a reaction from someone. We may not tell the entire story or we let someone think something that we know is not 100% true.
Sometimes, we don’t tell the entire story because we “fear” the other person’s reaction. Sometimes, we tell people what they want to hear because we think it will “prevent” controversy or its “easier”. Sometimes, we convince ourselves that our twisted truth will result in our orchestrated “good” outcome to a situation. Sometimes, we tell “white” lies to try to “protect” someone. Whatever our excuse, lying is our misguided attempt to control a situation that is not ours to control.
Why is this? Don’t we know that “lying” is one of the “do not’s” of the 10 Commandments? Don’t we know that God sees what is in our hearts or do we forget that we are seen and known by God in every moment? Don’t we know that our God is the weaver of life not us?
So when God says, “Don’t lie”, it is because lying causes tangles in the web. Sir Walter Scott says it this way, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive! “
So in this moment, day, and week, choose truth – no matter the consequences, for you see, God is truth and His Web is perfectly designed. Do not fear the truth or try to control situations with half-truths. Resist the temptation to twist the truth for good. Remember, God is in control and truth weaves the perfect web.
R. H. Loy