Devotional – Wednesday, May 25, 2022
“Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.” (Proverbs 16:8, NLT)
Solomon’s proverb about the benefits of godliness over dishonesty, I suspect, are lost on many…especially in light of the having ‘little’ versus being ‘rich.’ In our day and age, it might be difficult to find a group of people who place this high value on honesty or other forms of godliness if it means potentially going without material goods. However, even without the prospect of potential riches, I find that the godly trait of honesty is in short supply.
As a society, we have convinced ourselves that honesty is unnecessary if a lie will more quickly get the job done. People agree to a commitment until it is no longer convenient, at which point we feel free to beg off. We lie when we’re caught in the act of doing something we shouldn’t, “After all, they can’t prove you’re guilty until you admit that you’re guilty”…despite all the evidence pointing to our culpability. We lie to get what we want; we lie to get out of trouble; we lie to get someone ‘off our back’; we lie so we don’t hurt feelings; we lie to avoid accountability; we lie…well, because it’s easier!
As people in general, the ease with which we lie has caused many of us to become quite jaded. A government official lied? No surprise there. A contractor wasn’t honest about their availability? They didn’t want to lose the job. The student didn’t want to admit they skipped class rather than having a doctor’s appointment? No biggie. We have come to expect lies and dishonesty as a way of life. But think back to how you have felt and responded when someone has treated you honestly. You may have experienced some skepticism, maybe even a little shock…but wasn’t it nice to know you had found someone who respected you enough to be truthful? God cares about this quality in us as well.
But how does God feel about lying? “The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth” (Proverbs 12:22). For those of us who are followers of Jesus, this should provide us with some incentive not to take the easier route of being less than fully honest. We bring delight to God when we are people who tell the truth. Not to mention the response we receive from others when we choose honesty over deception. Let’s be honest with God, with others and ourselves and we may discover the world to be a more enjoyable place.
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!