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laws, lies & liberty

By Susan Solomon Yem
July 21, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11
Romans 7:1-13
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 19:22-23

Today two of my sons – my oldest and my youngest – are celebrating their birthdays. I often say God completed our family circle when He picked July 21st as the date for their births. July 21st is an important date for me for another reason – my father died July 19th, 1972. So, as I celebrate my boys, I remember my dad. Ironically – or not – another of my sons was born on October 4th. My dad’s birthday was October 3rd. I see symmetry here. We have a God of order.

I like order. I appreciate boundaries, guidelines, rules, and laws. They make life so much easier. Tell me what to do, where and when and I’ll be your obedient servant. As a mother I applied rules to lots of things when my kids were young. But at some point each one realized that rules were meant to be broken. When my son, Jake, was eighteen months old I noticed lots of crumbs around his mouth and asked him if he’d eaten cookies. He immediately – without batting an eye – said, “no.”

Of course, he’d eaten cookies, but I was shocked at how quickly and easily he lied about it. That’s when I realized that lying is a survival instinct we’re born with, and we need to be taught to tell the truth. The challenge with lying, though, is that sometimes people believe the lie. That’s incredibly frustrating for me. There’s freedom in truth.

To memorize:

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
Turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

— Psalm 17:6

Prayer to start with:  Lord, help us to see the real truth about ourselves and be honest with how we can change to be more like you. I want to be obedient to your will. Amen.