1 Thessalonians 2:3
For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.
Last month, my granddaughter, Virginia Rose, masters a whole new game. We call it "Trick You!" She simply enjoys playing it.
"Gammie, I have a present for you," Virginia tells me with a winsome smile, her hands behind her back.
"You do? What is it?"
"A kitty cat."
"Really? For me?"
Virginia brings forth her empty hands and laughs. "Ha! I trick you!"
And, it doesn't stop there.
"Gammie, I hurt my foot."
"You did? Let me kiss it and make it better."
"My tummy hurts, Gammie."
"Oh, Virginia, I'm so sorry."
But, one of the "trick yous" which gets me the most, the one I fall for hook, line and sinker, is the very first one she ever pulls on me. We have just dropped off her mother at work and riding home. Out of the blue, Virginia says, "Gammie, my milk dropped. On the floor."
Panic!!! "Is it leaking???" Oh, yes, I know what they say about crying over spilled milk, but if I have to clean it off the car's upholstery and get rid of the residual odor . . .
"Ha! I trick you, Gammie!"
Dear Lord, what a relief! Virginia really had me going with that one. And, while her "Trick You" game is executed in all innocence, revealing her cognitive growth and understanding (she will be four in July), it makes me think about just how gullible we can be when those in authority attempt to trick us into thinking something is true when it is not.
That's when the true authority, that of Scripture, needs to kick in. As Christians, we cannot be fooled by the world's trickery if we are grounded in our faith and our relationship with God through Christ Jesus. He won't let us fall prey to the Father of Lies.
As St. Paul reassures the Christians in Thessalonica, his motives are pure. He speaks the truth about the Messiah, the Savior. There is no trickery involved. Only truth.
The Only Truth.
When has the world tricked you with its false promises?
Prayer: Dear Father, let us not succumb to the trickery of the world, but stay faithful to You in heart and mind, word and deed. May we ever remember that Your precious Son, Jesus, is the way, the truth, and the life, and none can come to You except through Him. Amen.