Little Dexter was a mischievous two-year old. Mom told
Dexter that if he pulled the dog's tail again, punishment would
surely follow. One day when Mom was in another room, Dexter yanked
the dog's tail, and was genuinely surprised that the promised
punishment never came. He began to realize that Mom can't see
everything. During the next few months he realized that undetected
wrongdoing goes unpunished.
As Little Dexter grew, he discovered he could get away with all
sorts of things. He pulled his first heist at the age of five,
absconding with a piece of bubble gum from the grocery store. The
following week, Dexter swiped a whole handful. When Dexter was
nine, he and his friends stole cap pistols from the toy store in
the mall. This time he got caught. The angry store owner called
Dexter's father, who immediately left his office to pick Dexter
up. He flicked on his radar detector as he pulled onto the
highway. Dexter's father was furious. As they got into the car
together, he said, "If I ever catch you doing anything like this
again, I'll ground you for an entire month!" Dexter thought to
himself, That's okay. I'll just make sure I'm never caught again.
During an exam in today's typical classroom, the teacher would
be a fool to leave for an extended period of time because the
teacher cannot trust the students to refrain from cheating. He
cannot assume that they will be honest because Little Dexters fear
man, but they don't fear God.
Consider what happens when no one is present to enforce law and
order in a town evacuated because of an approaching hurricane.
Looters thrive, stripping stores and homes of their valuables as
their greed reaches a fever pitch. All because no one is
watching--or so they think.
Perhaps you've heard the term, "the perfect crime"--a crime
executed so skillfully that the perpetrator cannot be detected.
There is no such thing! The person who coined this phrase was
obviously unaware of the One to whom we must give account. God's
eyes see all things, and He cannot be deceived.
The fear of God leads to truthfulness--even when people aren't
looking. Why lie, if God is the One who tests your heart? What's
the use? You are certainly not going to pull the wool over His
eyes. (Even if you could, He can see through wool anyway.)
Few are stupid enough to think they can fool God. Most
dishonest people don't try to fool Him; they simply fail to
consider Him. The fear of man's judgment has displaced the fear of
Who do you consider your judge? If you think man is your judge,
then your judge is deceivable. Because man judges by appearances,
he can be fooled. This belief (that man is our judge) breeds lies,
pretense, and hypocrisy. Honesty and integrity come naturally to
one who fears God.
(assisted by Brent Wallace)