Justice- Seeking: Delight in truth.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who are truthful.
"Detests" is such a strong word, isn't it? Yet the Bible tells us that this is how God views lying. Why? One reason is because lies are what stand between God and the ones he loves. Lies like: God is not able to save, God is not trustworthy, God does not love us, that there is no hope for us, that we are not sinners who deserve punishment, and that God does not do what is best for us. All these lies keep us away from God.
But God "delights" in those who are truthful. When something is delightful, it is something that brings joy. Can you imagine bringing God joy? Truth brings God joy because it indicates openness to God and to his love. Truth brings God joy because it demonstrates dependence on God. God is the one who honors us, not the lies we tell. God is the one who provides, not deceptive practices that we think will provide for what we need.
God also delights in honesty when we approach him in prayer. When we talk with God in prayer we don't have to pretend we are someone we are not. We can be honest about our hurts, our joys, our worries. God will not turn away from us. Rather God will weep with us, celebrate with us, and encourage us to trust him with our concerns. (See Psalm 126, Psalm 55:22, Matthew 11:28.)
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who is helping Liz learn how to skateboard in order to prepare for the skateboarding commercial?
A. Spike and Scooter.
Q. Why is this so important to Skink?
A. He thinks it will help him get into the Kumodos.
Q. What subculture does Lucille decide to write her report on?
A. The Black Adder motorcycle group.
Q. Why does this group interest Lucille?
A. She learned that Granny Gecko once belonged to the Black Adders.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why does God delight in those who are truthful?
God delights in those who are truthful because they show that they honor God. And they show that God is worthy of honor. You don’t have to come to God with a lie about who you are-God knows who you are and loves you anyway. In fact unless you are truthful about who you are-a sinner in need of salvation-you won’t be able to receive God’s gift of grace—forgiveness and new life in Christ. Let God delight in you. He longs to give you his good gifts, but only the honest can receive them.