There is a lot of conflict in this world. It’s impossible not to be drawn into it at some time in your life. People will come up against you especially if you do the right thing. In a world of political correctness, expediency and compromise – the right thing is the worst thing you can do. People will go after you for it and you will have to engage in conflict in self-defense. But self-defense has limits and in a protracted battle you reach it when you start to fear. Fear paralyzes and slowly sucks life’s joy out of you. How do you deal with it?
The Psalmist knew what to do; “Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.” (Psalm 64:1) He recognizes the danger to the quality of his life – and knows God is the best defense against fear. Sadly, there are people who use lies as their weapon of choice to attack those who are innocent; “Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows–bitter words, That they may shoot in secret at the blameless . . . “(v.2-4) The Bible denounces these kinds of liars; “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” (Proverbs 12:22)
Liars like all cowards prefer to run in packs and plot in secret; “They encourage themselves in an evil matter; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, ‘Who will see them?’ They devise iniquities: ‘We have perfected a shrewd scheme.’ Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep.” (Psalm 64:5,6) They have no fear of God rather they hate His light and reject God because it shows them up for what they are! (John 3:19) Liars love darkness and belong to the prince of this world. Jesus denounces them; “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. . . . When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44) A lie and the truth is the only real dividing line between people.
How does God deal with liars? The truth always overcomes and even makes lies work against those who utter them; “But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; Suddenly they shall be wounded. So He will make them stumble over their own tongue; All who see them shall flee away.” (Psalm 64:7,8) Don’t flinch when attacked by liars. Speak the truth and stand firm. God will prevail; “All men shall fear, And shall declare the work of God; For they shall wisely consider His doing. The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory.” (v. 9,10) The truth always comes out strong and bright just when things seem very dark and dreadful.
Stand and speak the truth.