After a recent check-up at my doctor’s office, I learned that in order to deal with Carpal Tunnel in my right wrist, I need to use the computer mouse in my LEFT hand. Okay, I’m left-handed, but I only eat and write with that hand, and I do everything else (including move the computer cursor) with my right hand. However, the pain has driven me to do the unnatural. I’m getting better at it each day, but I literally feel like I’m doing everything backwards! The cursor has been flying all over the screen while I’m learning to maneuver the mouse with my left hand. Whew.
Like using our “comfortable hand,” another thing that comes all too natural to us is telling a lie. We don’t like to call it that – we say, “stretching the truth” or “coloring the story.” We may also go as far as to say that we’re only protecting the hearer from something painful. However, each of those statements are lies from the Father of lies – the devil himself. Listen to what the Lord says about lying –
A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
Did you catch that? When we lie to someone, we don’t love them – we hate them. And it doesn’t protect the one we lie to – it hurts them!
Homes are destroyed, marriages are split, children are shattered, businesses are divided, and people are torn apart by doing what comes “natural” – telling a lie instead of the truth. Of course, the truth is painful, but mostly because it reveals our sinful actions. We can trust the Truthful One – our God, and tell the truth, and let Him handle the results. Lying will only complicate things. Christ said the Truth will set us free.
May remembering the pain that lies bring drive us to do the unnatural, the Spirit-filled action, and tell the truth.
When is it hardest for you to be honest? Ask the Lord to give you the courage to trust Him with the results, and tell the truth instead. Just like my Carpal Tunnel wrist, healing instead of pain will be the result!