Recently, a man in Florida went to great lengths to get out of a simple speeding ticket. When the police officer who pulled him over was out of earshot, the man dialed 911. He told dispatchers that a murder was about to take place. He passionately described how a person was holding a gun and a murder was about to happen. The odd part was that he told dispatchers it was happening somewhere away from where he was. Several police officers were sent to the location the man specified. The dispatcher told the officers the name of the man who called in the emergency. The officer who pulled the man over recognized the name given as the same man he had pulled over and quickly put two and two together. The man confessed what he had done. It turns out he was hoping the police officer would quickly let him off and hurry to help with the “murder emergency.” Now this man has much more serious charges to face in addition to his speeding ticket.

Like the man, people often try to get away with deception to hide sin. One can’t ever deceive God though. Hebrews 4:12-13 states, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” There is absolutely nothing we can hide from God. We can’t trick Him. We can’t deceive Him. We won’t be able to pull the wool over His eyes. All of our thoughts and intentions are seen. Therefore, let’s live in a way that is open and honest with both God and others.

Brett Petrillo
via Findlay church of Christ
Sparta, TN

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