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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Lebanon County rural view
Rural view in Lebanon County, PA
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"The Prayer Of Agur Son Of Jakeh"
(Part 1)

Message summary: Like Agur son Of Jakeh may we call out to God, "Keep falsehood and lies far from me”.

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“Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me” (Proverbs 30:7,8a).

Most of the Proverbs were written by Solomon and that's who we normally associate with the book of the Proverbs. But Proverbs 30 records the sayings of Agur, son of Jakeh. What a timeless truth he expressed with these prayerful petitions that reveal his earnest heart,
Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die (verse 7).

Today we will consider the first of the two things, "
Keep falsehood and lies far from me”. (Tomorrow we will consider the second petition).

Is it my imagination or has there been a huge increase in lying in my lifetime? For certain a lying tongue has been around from the beginning, but now so many restraints to lying have been removed and it's like a pandemic, along with the corollary suppression of the truth. In fact in some matters you are more likely to get in trouble for telling the truth than telling a lie, especially in so many of the new "woke" causes of our age as truth is abandoned or re-worked as "my truth" vs. "your truth".

Indeed, telling the truth may come at a price and we may be scorned for living in obedience to God. This is increasingly the case. Those that want to live a lie are demanding that you join them but the faithful must resist.

Considering the writer's request I see two different aspects of this petition:

1) "Keep falsehood and lies far from me” in regard to my own life and my own commitment to truth telling and truth living, I must resist the way of the liar.

The Ninth Commandment states, "Thou shall not bear false witness". God wants us to keep our word and speak the truth. In our day of slippery words, half-truths, and embellishments we need to keep our word even when it hurts. The pressures to violate the ninth commandment continue to increase, but by God’s grace and through His strength we can keep from doing so. God still "desires truth in the inner parts" (Psalm 51:6), not the airbrushed version many display to impress others or promote themselves. Jesus wants us to hear the truth, speak the truth, and live the truth! Let us determine to do so "even when it hurts".

2) "Keep falsehood and lies far from me” in regard to all the input coming at me from various deceptions, ultimately from the enemy and the father of lies. Bluntly in many subject matters I just begin with the assumption that I am being lied to and seek to discern if it's really the truth. Many times the lies are so blatant it doesn't even take much discernment to tell the truth from a lie! But at other times there are many subtle attempts to deceive and we must cry out to God to know the difference.

Like Agur son Of Jakeh may we call out to God,
"Keep falsehood and lies far from me”.

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, when we read the truths contained in Scripture, when we walk with those who live the truth, and when we seek to be people of truth we honor You and become people of integrity who can be trusted even if we're not loved by the world. Help us to be people of truth that live an honorable life in such a way that we will not try to deny or be deceptive about our words, our actions, or our principles because they are in line with Your Scriptural teaching and reflect the Spirit of Christ who dwells within us. As we receive so much input into our lives may we be able to discern truth from lies. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"The Voice Of Truth"  Video  Casting Crowns

Yesterday we drove through rural eastern Lebanon County following an early morning chaplain visit. We had considered a walk on the Appalachian Trail to an overlook but the forecast was cloudy and rain, so perhaps next week!

Lebanon County tractor and barn
A distinction among several of the old-order groups in our area (Lebanon County in this photo) is having tractors with steel wheels.
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Lebanon County quarry
This pond near Richland, PA is a former limestone quarry and now a diving site.
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