Do Not Put God To A Foolish Test

Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!"
John 8:43-45

 

If you are anything like me, you really hate it when someone lies to you. There are instances in the Word, where we see that God hates lying also. The reason is because it is, as the Word above states, one of the main attributes of Satan.

 

"Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:8

 

The interesting part of the scripture right above is not just that God wants us to pay tithes and offerings. We all know what the Word says about that. The part that I want to talk about this morning is the question, God first asks. "Will a man rob God?" In other words, "Don't you foolish folks know that I (GOD) know and see everything you do? I am GOD"

 

When some people contact me with a question regarding some situation in their lives, I sometimes find out later, as it gets worse, that they never told me the whole truth of the situation in the first place. Now, things are in really bad shape, and they are ready to tell the "rest of the story" as Paul Harvey would say.

 

I then start to begin to pray, in a much different way for these folks, for one big reason. It shows me that they really don't believe, deep down inside, that God is who He says He is. They have not yet come to the realization that God sees and hears everything we do, and He will do what He says He will do concerning it.

 

Until we are able to drop our pride, and come clean with God and His counselors we seek to help us, we won't get the help we need.  I, for one, am always shocked when someone feels they cannot trust me with the truth of a situation. I try to be really transparent about my life "before Christ was Lord" of it. Having not always led a "snow white" life, I am one of the least judgmental counselors you will find.

 

Sometimes people see men and women of God, almost as "psychics" in my opinion. They want some hidden information regarding their situation and they want it for free. So they tell half-truths to get the information they want. In each of those circumstances that I have dealt with it turns out badly for the person in the end. The reason is because they aren't really committed to Christ yet, they are committed to themselves.

 

The bible says, "Jesus answered him, "It is also written: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test."

 

In the past few years God has been dealing with me that even, "half-truth" are judged to be a bad thing by him. So now I watch my words very carefully, trying to walk and talk in truth as much as possible. When my husband asks me, for instance, what do you think about this shirt?" Instead of lying and saying, "Oh, it looks good on you," or hurting his feelings with "I can't stand that shirt, it's old and out of style," I say something like, "I like the blue one better."

 

Words hurt and words sting, and a lot of times we tell little lies to keep from hurting someone's feelings. God has been reprimanding me and showing me "honest" ways to speak in truth and not be hurtful to the person while doing so.

 

 

In the New Testament in Acts 5, we read the story of Ananias and Sapphira. Not only did they set out to rob God, but the "congregation" as well. The people in the early church who sold their possessions and gave the money to the church probably received the enthusiastic appreciation of the entire congregation. Barnabas was one who sacrificed everything. It was not a grandstand play with him. There was no trace of fleshly pride in it whatsoever. His only thought was the need of other Christians and the glory of God.

 

 Ananias and Sapphira wanted to be well thought of in the congregation and so they sold a piece of their land, but instead of handing over all the money to the congregation as they said they did, they held back some of the money for themselves, and because of that God struck both of the liars dead on the spot.

 

It appears that the reason God struck them dead, even after what appeared to be a good deed on their part, was for their lying. God hates lying, as it shows that we still have a part of the devil inside of us, manipulating situations and things for our benefit.

 

We probably all learned lying skills at the foot of our parents. I remember if someone would call for one of my parents, on the telephone, and they didn't wish to speak to them I was told, "Tell them I am not home right now." Of course, this was long before we had cell phones and so the lie was effective in giving my parents some peace and quite.

 

We have a responsibility, once God reveals to us how much a lying tongue grieves Him, to try to crucify the flesh in the area of lying. Our truthfulness should be just one more thing that sets us apart from the World.

 

Some people lie so much they cannot keep their lies straight. We all know people like that. Why do people lie? They lie, sometimes, to cheat us, they lie to keep from hurting us, they lie because they want to manipulate a situation, they lie out of insecurity or to make themselves look good in a situation, they lie because they are embarrassed about something they did.

 

 In the United States we have politicians who have lied to us so much that we don't know when they are telling the truth or when they are not anymore. When a people are lied to on a regular basis they don't know who to trust anymore. It's the same in relationships; nothing breaks up a relationship like losing trust.

 

Lying is a sin, and like any other sin we confess, God forgive us. It then takes making an effort, with the help of God, to not do it anymore.

 

I am going to give us all a challenge for this weekend coming up, watch your words to see how often a little white lie slips out. Then confess it and try to tell the truth from that point on. Living in truth, is living in peace. We don't need to worry about telling the truth when we realize that God is in charge of our lives and we don't need to manipulate situations or people by not telling the truth. Living in truth, is living in peace!

 

Father, help us to watch our lying lips. Help us to tell the truth always in love. You know all, and you see all. Help us to live our lives in such a way that your Name is glorified in the living of them. Let people see us, as people of the truth and in doing so Your light will shine before them. In Your Name, the Name above all names. Amen and Amen.

For We Know That Nothing...No Thing..  is impossible with God