Learning To Lie

I fear their creative storytelling is going to go beyond my parental wisdom.

Genesis 3:8-24

Reference: And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” (‭Genesis‬ ‭3‬:‭11‬ NIV)

Explore: I love my boys. They are funny and creative and boisterous and generous and energetic. But man, they can tell some good fibs!

This is not something they’ve learned from my husband and I and certainly not something we have encouraged. In fact, we are greatly discouraging this type of behaviour, but it just keeps popping up.

At this age – 6 and 8 – I am still able to tell if they are bending the truth or not. However, at some stage I fear their creative storytelling is going to go beyond my parental wisdom.

At the moment, when they lie by saying they didn’t do something, I just speak to them like I know already they have committed the behaviour I suspect, and then they dob themselves in. It goes something like this:

Me: Did you break the tree branch?
Boy: No.
Me: Was it already broken a little bit?
Boy: I think so.
Me: Did you just break it a little bit more.
Boy: I only meant to do it a little bit.
Me: And then did it break off completely?
Boy: Yes.

I’m asking the questions but really I know the answer already. I’ve just got to get my boy to the point of admitting it.

Application: Honesty is important to God too. He is the Truth and He desires to see that quality in His children too.

When it came to His first children misbehaving (Adam and Eve) He asked them if they had done the wrong thing.

Now, this is God we’re talking about. His parental wisdom goes far and beyond mine! I’m pretty sure He could tell what had happened, but He wanted to hear the truth from Adam and Eve.

There is nothing we can hide from God but He encourages the conversation. Sure, there are still consequences for our actions, but our Creator God deals with us justly.

Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we do wrong. May we openly confess to You and deal with our consequences with integrity and respect. Amen.

What do you need to confess to God?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.