Trust God With The Outcome.
by Jason Cruise
Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created Him ... Colossians 3:9-10
I knew a guy, actually worked with him for a few years, who had a tendency to lie at times. He wasn't a habitual liar, but if on occasion a situation turned into something that might look bad on him, if he had to, he'd twist that situation in a direction that took the spotlight off of him.
In all sincerity, he wasn't a bad person; in fact, I liked him. He loved God, loved his family, and was fun to be around. I don't believe that my friend got up every morning intending to lie that day. However, when pressured strongly enough, he'd panic, and in that panic, he'd say just about anything to disarm the stress. If that meant lying, then he'd do it, and face the consequences later if anyone ever found about it. It was a short-term gain, but a long-term loss.
When you lie, ultimately you are revealing to those that watch your life closely that you do not trust God with the outcome. My friend simply could not help but try and manipulate the situation toward his favor, and if it meant burning a friend, he'd do it.
In the end, it cost him relationships. His life, in fact, by his own admission, was built entirely upon fear that he'd fail. Ironically, lying only brought him more failure. It was a self-imposed prison.
Spurgeon once said, "Avoid cowardice, for it makes men liars."
When you are backed into a corner, tell the truth. No matter what. God is certainly bigger than your corner.