Truthtelling – 1 Samuel 21:2-3

David answered Ahimelech the priest, “The king gave me a mission, but he told me, ‘Don’t let anyone know anything about the mission I’m sending you on or what I have ordered you to do.’ I have stationed my young men at a certain place. Now what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread or whatever can be found.”


This is such a difficult story since David’s clear dishonesty will contribute to the death of all of the priests of Nob. Did His fear motivate him to lie or did he truly feel he was protecting Ahimelech by making up a story regarding why David and his men were there? Whatever the case, the lie did not work and had Ahimelech known the truth maybe he would have been wiser when Doeg ratted David out to the king.

Dishonesty is always so dangerous because we just don’t know the implications of what we are saying. Truth must be pursued at all costs; yet, even saying this gives me pause, as the consequences of truth can also be severe. Surely to suffer the consequences of truth is always preferred above the consequences of dishonesty and deception. Right?

The difficulty with sharing truth always comes when we are in moments such as this. Moments when a small, misleading statement seems safer and easier than the big, painful truth. It seems to me, at this stage in my life, that to err on the side of truth is always best, especially in light of the One who is the Way, the Life and the Truth.

Give me the faith and trust to do this Father God.

2 thoughts on “Truthtelling – 1 Samuel 21:2-3

  1. I have suffered immensely ( as in, lost my life as I knew it) for telling the truth in a situation that I caused harm and harder for me to take, was that others suffered as well. The only thing that got me through was having friends remind me and my mind replay: 1 Pet. 3:14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[b]; do not be frightened.”[c] 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.” Also, repeating; “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.” God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit dwell in truth, and love and mercy. His heart is so kind to us and wants life, peace, and wholeness even when what we see with our human eyes is messiness and dis unity from our truth-telling. Yes, we suffer far more when we walk in deception and dishonesty. Others suffer when we walk in deception and dishonesty too, even when they are un aware of it. That is because it only leads to death, it isn’t redeemable or sanctified. But we come into the light, God can use what the devil meant for harm and create beauty out of ashes. Thank you so much for sharing….you clearly struck a chord<3

    1. Thanks so much for replying, Julia. Wow! Your word is inspiring – I needed to hear it! I love that verse from 1 Peter. Truth always stands the test of time as you well know. God works wonders when we least expect it or so it seems. No situation and no person is beyond His grace. Grace and peace to you and yours.

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