Two Truths and a Lie

Have you ever played this game? You have to tell two truthful things about yourself and one lie, and then the audience has to guess which of the three is a lie. The goal is to make the lie sound good enough to be believable and to wedge it in there with the truth so that it’s unrecognizable. It’s fun when it’s a game…not so much when it’s real life.

Satan is a master of this game. It started in the garden with Eve. Truth #1: God knows your eyes will be opened. Truth #2 You will be like him knowing good and evil. LIE: You won’t die! Eve bought it and ate the fruit and ever since Satan has been twisting truths and mixing them with just enough lie to be ruinous.

The other day it dawned on me that I often operate in this same “Two truths and a lie” mode. If I can wedge the “lie” in there with two truths that kind of cover for it, everything looks good and I’m OK.  So it goes kind of like this: Truth #1 I love God fervently and long to serve Him with the gifts and talents He has given me. Truth #2 God’s design is for His glory to be exposed in all the earth and my purpose is to be a part of that design. Lie: I am something (someone) special because I am contributing to the Cosmic Plan of my Creator. (Or the converse: God’s counting on me, so I better pull this off.)  Either way, the wedged-in lie puts me in a place of bondage.

The Bible actually warns us of the deceptive nature of our sinful hearts. We think we know what we’re about. We think we know what we want and who we are. We think we understand our own motivation. But our hearts often deceive us. I believe that is why David cried out to God, “Search me, O God, and know my heart.” It was his only hope, for only God could expose the deceit that he had bought into.

Likewise it is my one sure hope. When Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life…” he was offering to expose the falsehoods that hold us captive, and by truth to set us free. When I allow his light of truth to expose the lie wedged in among the truths, my searched-out heart can find freedom.

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