Honesty is becoming a rare commodity. The places where you were once assured of finding truth are fast becoming dens of falsehood. Everyone is declaring their own personal truth and spurning the existence absolute truth. As Christians, it is just as easy for us to get caught up in partial truths and complete lies. Yet all God wants from us is honesty.
But you desire honesty from the heart,
so you can teach me to be wise in my inmost being.
Psalm 51:6 (NLT)
In order to be honest, though, we need to know what it is exactly.
HONESTY: In fact, upright conduct; an actual conformity to justice and moral rectitude; fairness; candor; truth.
Honesty is the first step toward gaining wisdom. Wisdom is not something that can be obtained through deceit. Whether you are being untruthful with others or yourself, where lies lie, honesty cannot exist. And where honesty isn’t, wisdom cannot be, either.
Sounds hard. But it’s not.
If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.
James 1:5 (NLT)
Imagine that, God wants His people to be wise! In having a wise people, it means He will also have honest people. And if He has honest people, He will have humble people. All of these attributes go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. A humble person is wise and a wise person is honest, and so on. All it takes is a little humility to be completely, absolutely, thoroughly honest. When we bare ourselves to God, that is when He is best able to work in us. A little effort on our part produces great results.
…but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing.
Psalm 34:10b (NLT)
God will gladly give us wisdom. He wants to. Wisdom is a good thing. When we can put our trust in God, we won’t be lacking those good things. God is just looking for honesty from the heart. He is looking for us to put ourselves in a place where we are teachable, moldable, useable.
It’s a good thing. Honestly.
Daily Bible reading: Psalm 50-52, Acts 27:1-15