Have you ever lied to God?
Have you ever tried to hide your feelings from Him and pretend they
aren’t in the way of your prayers? While
trying to cram the desire of your heart aside and concentrate on what you think
God wants to hear, do you lie by not speaking the truth? Well, I do, and in talking with others, I
know I am not alone.
The next time we find fear mentioned in Genesis is when a
saint of God’s own flock lied to Him. God told Abraham that Sarah would have a son.
This was a physical impossibility and she laughed in her heart at the very
thought. God asked why she laughed and
she denied having done so. She lied to
God. Uh-oh! Smack on the head time, right? God said, “No, you laughed,” and Sarah knew
in her heart that God knew all. That
simple conviction of sin and reproach was all that God needed to do to
Sarah. You see, He had better things in
mind than smacking her on the head.
God said to her, you will have a son and call his name
Isaac, which in Hebrew means laughter.
Each time she called her son she would remember how she had laughed at
God and remember how gracious He had been.
In our foolishness as lost people we laugh at and mock God all the
time. His response? He sent His Son to die for our sins. When we believe Him and receive the gift of
new birth, we should not dwell on the dread of remembered sins, but we should
constantly remember the grace of His love that forgave them. God loves to turn fear into grace and sorrow
into joy. Thank Him again right now for
turning the fear of judgment into the rejoicing of grace.
Now, the next time you want to hide something from God in
your prayers, don’t. If He loves us so
much as to turn judgment into rejoicing, can’t we really expect Him to turn our
greatest concerns into our greatest joys?
Praise God. Believe His
promises. Live in joy and peace.
The great hymnist Eliza Hewitt wrote a song for this
occasion, “Sunshine in My Soul”. Sing along: “(1) There is sunshine in my soul
today, more glorious and bright than glows in any earthly sky, for Jesus is my
light. (R) O there’s sunshine, blessèd sunshine, when the peaceful, happy
moments roll; when Jesus shows His smiling face, there is sunshine in the
soul. (2) There is gladness in my soul
today, and hope and praise and love, for blessings which He gives me now, for
joys laid up above.”
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