Deception

“A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart. His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.” -Proverbs 26:24-26

Deception is a reality in every one of our lives. There are many who seek to trick us into accepting and believing something that is not true. Whether the deception is in the arena of politics or work, adulthood or adolescence, at all stages of life one must be astute to the truth.

This past weekend I witnessed a powerful deception, one which likely was not intended. The culprit: a channel cat.

This past weekend we met family at a lake in Texas to camp and fish. One morning, while my father, brother and I were out fishing, the wind began to blow rather hard. We found a spot where we would receive some shelter from the wind yet still have the advantage of the waves blowing against the shore. As we sat in the semi-calm hole, my cork began to drift. The drift would have been normal, for it was windy, but something didn’t seem right. As I watched my cork I noticed the deception taking place: what appeared to be wind blowing my cork was actually a catfish, who was slowly pulling his meal into the cover of a fallen tree.

It seems that at times we, like the catfish, think that if we do something slowly enough that others will mistake what we are doing and accept our deception. Perhaps we can even get away with our activity for a long time without getting caught, but at some point someone is going to set the hook. Once the hook is set there is no getting off. Others will see us for who we truly are, and the price will be great.

What are the current practices of your life? Are you being upright and honest with others in all areas, or are you seeking to slowly deceive others? Have you deceived yourself into believing that you are someone you are not?

Are you willing to take an honest look at your life and ask the question “Am I being honest in all areas of my life?”

What are your thoughts on deception, and what are some important lessons you have learned when your deceptions, or those of others, have been exposed?

High Plains Waterfowl.

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