“You shall not remove your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.
Before the Israelites entered the promised land, Moses gave them some final instructions. If you remember, Moses would not enter the land with them. Among those instructions were rules regarding property lines. Moses warned the Israelites against the dishonest practice of moving boundary markers in order to steal land from a neighbor. He emphasized that there was no place for such dishonesty and selfishness in the promised land.
We may not have boundary issues today, but the temptation to be dishonest for our own gain is still very real. Depending on the circumstances, we may be tempted to lie to escape trouble or to avoid embarrassment or to make ourselves look good. Whatever the motive, dishonesty is a shortcut we should never take.
Folks, whatever temporary benefit we get from avoiding the truth is wiped out by the damage we do to our relationship with the Lord. As believers, we are not called to seek our own good or to do what is best for us. We are called to honor God. Telling the truth, even when it makes our life difficult, honors Him. If we tell the truth, He will bless us. If we don’t, He will allow us to experience the consequences of our lies.