Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Deceit in any form is reproachable, and perhaps even ridiculous in the eyes of God. Jacob, aka ‘the heel’ approached Isaac, his blind father, dressed in his twin brother’s clothing and wearing animal skins his mother had designed for him to smell and feel like Esau. This seems to be a despicable deed, matched only by Esau’s own long kept secret, that one night he had sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of bean soup. Does God, who frames his mercy with truth and love honour or expose deceit? Certainly the deceitful actions of Rebecca and her boys had serious and complex consequences, that have been exposed in Hebrew scriptures for three millennia. What deceits of commission or omission am I participating in with friends, family, community or governing agencies? What connections in my life need an application of ‘truth detergent’ to bring about more grace-full relationships? Holy Spirit of God, guide me away from deceit into your ministry of Truth.
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (Jesus, recorded in John's Gospel 8:32)
A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting man
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.