Proverbs 25: King James Bible
Deceitful – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty five, Verse 14
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Deceitful
After having read this verse over a few times, I was taken as to how many different directions we could go for this devotional. We may think of a false gift along the similar lines as we would a false prophet. A counterfeit gift seemingly from the Lord but is not.
Though we can take it in that sense and still ring true, I believe that the meaning intended focuses around the boasting of a false gift, rather than the gift itself. When we look at it that way, we can see that one who boasts of a false gift, is being deceitful to whoever he is boasting to.
Being deceitful means to be insincere, disingenuous, false, and hollow, among other things. If someone merely boasts about themselves in an honest manner, it’s just boasting. This may drive some people crazy more than others. Though they maybe full of themselves, at least they’re not full of hot air.
Boasting of a false gift happens when someone decides that they’ll need to be deceitful to either jazz up a story, make themselves appear qualified for something that they are not, or to basically manipulate what people think of them. Well, at least that’s the goal.
What people don’t realize about being deceitful or puffing yourself up, is that someone someday may call you to task on it. In fact, I would not be at all surprised if any of us Christians decided to boast of a false gift, that the Lord would quickly take us to task on it. And yes, we’d be found out and humiliated, hopefully into repentance.
I’m reminded of a man that came into the shop claiming that he was a welder, and had all kinds of experience welding different materials. Since there was a position open, the owner of the shop invited him to show him what he could do.
After leading him out to the welding area, the owner sat him down, and provided a couple pieces of material to run some test welds on. The applicant put on the welders gloves, picked up the torch, and was almost going to begin welding when the owner pulled the gloves off of the man’s hands, and (having him by the back of his shirt) walked him back to the front door and tossed him out.
Well, what happened? The owner quickly noticed a huge chink in the applicant’s armor, that exposed how deceitful his application and interview had been. Anyone who has ever welded anything, or has ever been near someone who is welding, would know that you need to be wearing a welder’s helmet, or blackened welder’s goggles.
Without eye protection, you’d burn your eyes right out of your head! Alright that is slightly exaggerated, but you’d lose your sight either way. But oh what a tan!
Boasting of anything will one day be called to task, and we’ll be forced to put our money where our mouth is. Those who are deceitful in their claims or boasts, will always be found out eventually, and after a while, nobody will take them seriously.
The truth is always better. If a story isn’t already good enough without aggrandizing it, don’t try to make it worth telling. If you lack ability in something be honest about it, because self aggrandizing will lead to being deceitful about something you can not do, or a gift you do not have.
People can decide to use a lot of hot air and puff themselves up like a large balloon. Even to the point where others are impressed by the size of that balloon. When you break open an inflated balloon do you know what you’ll find inside? Absolutely nothing.
Related New Testament Scripture
Mark 7: King James Bible
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
2 Corinthians 4: King James Bible
4 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
2 Corinthians 11: King James Bible
12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Thank you for your Word, and for always watching over your children concerning their heart. Help us not to self aggrandize, or to make ourselves out to be anything but what we are, nor claim to have anything as a gift that we haven’t been given. Rather than boasting of deceitful things, help us to always partake in the nature you displayed in the person of your Son, Christ Jesus. Help us all to be honest, meek, humble, and forthright. We pray these things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Has anyone ever tricked you by being deceitful about themselves?