Quicksand – Proverbs 19:5
I remember how fascinated I was while watching TV westerns as a child when someone fell into quicksand. The cowboy would begin thrashing about and flaying his arms in the air. That would only insure his sinking down into the pit all the faster.
Lies are a lot like quicksand. As soon as one is told it leads to fear of discovery and the next one covers that and the next one covers that and quickly the liar is sunk! Before the first lie is told, here’s a good thing to remember: “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will not escape”(Proverbs 19:5).
What is it a liar won’t escape from? One of the main things is damage to their reputation. Lying is extremely difficult to live down. It will be almost impossible to ever be completely trusted again. Yes, this unprofitable legacy can last a lifetime – there’s no escaping it.
Another thing the liar won’t escape from is eventual consequences. As the proverb says; they will not go unpunished. The truth always comes out in the end. The person who lies is a fool to believe they will somehow escape that.
Cling to truth and you will always be on stable ground. Around lies there should be a sign posted: KEEP OUT! DANGER – QUICKSAND!