Honesty Is the Best Policy

Ron Geschwendt

READ : 1 Samuel 12:1-7

Cheating builds suspicion. Honesty creates trust.

“You gave me too much change,” he said to the clerk at the counter. “Are you sure?” she replied. “Look in my hand,” he said, “there is a dollar too much.”

“Thank you,” she said with a smile, “Most people would not have said a word.”

When Samuel stepped down as leader of Israel in favor of King Saul, the people were impressed by his honest leadership. In his position he had not accepted bribes.

On February 9, 1996 a train ran out of control in New Jersey, crashing into the side of another train at a crossing. Both engineers were killed and 158 passengers were injured. An investigation revealed that the engineer who ran the red signal was going blind from diabetes. He knew this for nine years, but both he and his doctor kept his medical condition a secret. On his yearly report the company doctor failed to report the engineer’s diabetes. When the engineer had eye surgery, he paid for it himself rather than file an insurance claim.

The truth was kept a deadly secret. “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful” (Proverbs 12:22).


Heavenly Father, give me the courage to tell the truth. When I fail, correct and forgive me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.