When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?” Genesis 29:25
Jacob had been working for his uncle Laban. At one point Laban said he needed to offer something to Jacob for his work. Jacob loved Rachel, Laban’s daughter, so he agreed to work for seven years to get Rachel as his wife. When the seven years were up, they had the marriage. The bride was covered up at the time she went in with Jacob. In the morning he realized that Laban had given him his daughter Leah, instead of Rachel as agreed. He ends up working another seven years to get Rachel.
Years before his living with Laban, Jacob had deceived his brother, Esau, into selling his birthright. Later he deceived his father into getting his brother’s blessings as the firstborn. Deception had been a way of life for Jacob.
Often people think that it is acceptable to deceive someone into getting something or getting them to do something. It seems to work at the moment in their favor. Many will just say that it is something little, and no real big deal.
The challenge comes when they get deceived. Very few people like to be deceived. When they are deceived, they will get very angry.
When you deceive someone, chances are that someone else will come along and deceive you. Along with that deceiving someone is lying to them and to God. If you are willing to deceive a person, you most likely will choose to deceive God.
People like to act as though they are in the right standing before God, while they are living in a sinful act. They try to tell people and God that they are doing everything correctly.
People may be deceived, but God is not. He sees the heart and your mind.
Live your life open before God. Do not try to deceive any person or God. In the end it will come back on you and hurt you. It is not worth it.
I pray today that God will guide you in how to treat other people; that you will love others as God loves them; that you will live in truth; that you will always speak truth to everyone; and that God will strengthen you to never deceive anyone.