Abraham is known as the man of faith – the father of a nation. We remember him for his obedience to God in moving when God told him to and in being willing to offer up his son Isaac as an offering. He’s one of the biggies – someone many of us hope to spend a few minutes with when we get to heaven.
Today we read about a different side of our hero – we see him lie and deceive due to fear. This is the second time he did this (Genesis 12). Let’s be clear, just because Abraham is a great man of God, that doesn’t make lying OK. It’s still wrong.
Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.
What causes us to lie? Fear, desire to impress others, guilt. There isn’t any such thing as a little white lie – all lies are wrong. Remember a half of truth is a whole lie.
Questions to ponder on:
- What are some ways you lie and don’t even think about it?
- How are you subtly teaching your kids it’s OK to lie?
- What do you need to adjust to honor God in this area?
By: Tim Parsons