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.