My kindergartner had his first playdate with a classmate back in October. We spent the entire drive to this friends’ house going over the rules. Remember to be polite. Use your yes pleases and no thank yous. Don’t jump on furniture. Wash your hands when you use the bathroom. He was so excited. I was so nervous!
The playdate was a success. We were told upon pickup that our son was well-behaved and we happily made our way home. But at bedtime I discovered him playing with legos that I had never seen before. When asked where he got them from, his tearfilled response was, “My friend gave them to me!” Upon further investigation we pieced together that these legos were not a gift. Our littlest had taken them. The consequence (for him) was weighty.
Lies. Our world is full of them. Half truths, or lies, are part of everyone’s everyday life – it’s convenient to misrepresent the truth in order to feel better about yourself, or to justify a bad decision, or to manipulate a relationship. The road to truth is often hard, lying is a much easier path.
The very first lie ever recorded is in Genesis chapter 3. The Father of Lies (Satan) lies to Eve in the Garden of Eden, twisting God’s words to accomplish his goals. In that moment sin entered the world and everything changed. Human kind rejected God’s truth and the “my truth” campaign began.
But my truth is a lie. Your truth is a lie. God’s truth is the only truth because He is truth. And God calls us to know truth, to walk in it, to speak it, and to obey it.
God is all truthful and God is all knowing (wise) – and still we fight against Him. Why? Because we have this perception that, in our limited knowledge, we know what’s best. This is another lie. We need God and His imparted wisdom to break free from the lies of this world.
We sometimes confuse knowledge with wisdom. Knowledge is possessing facts while wisdom is making good decisions based on those facts. Wisdom is important when it comes to discerning between lies and truth. Wisdom is a sign of maturity and comes by spending time with God. We can’t tell if something is false if we don’t yet understand the truth.
James 1:5 reminds us that wisdom is ours for the taking! The Bible tells us to ask for wisdom… and to keep asking! The Bible is full of wisdom and, as we study it and allow God to speak to us, wisdom begins to form within us. Recognizing sin, repenting from sin, and turning away from sin are acts of wisdom.
Andy Stanley put it so well when he said that instead of asking yourself what the right thing to do is, ask yourself what the wise thing to do is. Our hearts will often lie to us, helping us get as close to sin as possible without actually sinning. But if we stop long enough to determine the wise course of action, we will also be choosing what is right.
Over these next few days, ask God to build within you an intolerance for dishonesty, the ability to recognize false teaching, and a love for the truth He provides. Ask God for wisdom in all things, and thank Him for the wisdom He promises we will receive when we confidently (and humbly) come before Him
This series was inspired by Jen Wilkin’s book, In His Image. If you have enjoyed learning about the different ways we can reflect God’s character then please consider reading Wilkin’s book.
Abundantly More – Knowing God and Making God Known.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. – John 14:6 NLT
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. – James 1:5 NLT
This series is inspired by Jen Wilkin. For a more detailed look at holiness and love, read chapters 9 and 10 from In His Image