“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7a).

Until I became a homeschooling parent, I never knew how obvious a young child looks when telling a lie. Living together 24/7 gives you a distinct advantage in reading your child’s body language and facial expressions, and my children knew I could tell instantly when a lie was coming from their lips. In addition, my children’s respect for our house rules also helped to curtail lies. Knowing they would receive a lessened punishment for telling the truth, they were quick to tell on themselves and confess their wrongdoing.

Having a healthy respect and fear of God will also help a Christian resist Satan’s temptations. When our flesh is strong and urges us to sin, walking away and saying "no" is easier when we consider our accountability to Almighty God. Like our children, our fear of God’s discipline should prevent evil actions from taking place in our lives. As we come to revere God and hate sin as He does, we will seek to live our lives in such a way that pleases Him.  

Are you living in some deception today? God already sees and knows the lie you’re living. Don’t stay in your sin and wait to be caught like Achan (Joshua 7). Come to your Heavenly Father now, confess your sin, and let His loving discipline correct the error of your ways. “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth” (Hebrews 12:5-6).

Lord, forgive me for lying and foolishly trying to hide my sin from You. I confess that what I have done is wrong and ask You to cleanse me from my unrighteousness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.