The Doorpost: We need to carefully examine what we hear

Ray King  ·  Apr 24, 2020

The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

Proverbs 18:17

We should not automatically believe the first thing we are told, no matter how convincing it may seem. We should scrutinize what we are hearing to be sure it is accurate and complete.

Someone may tell us some facts, but leave out other facts, so the facts we are told do not lead us to the truth. Or it could even turn out that all their “facts” are not true.

Our adversary, the devil, is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). When someone lies to accomplish something, they are unknowingly or even knowingly carrying out the devil’s work, not God’s, no matter how noble their cause may seem. Some may even be deceived themselves and not realize that what they are saying is a lie.

Those purposely trying to deceive us can be cunning and even very attractive (Genesis 3:12 Corinthians 11:14-15). They will usually pretend that what they are saying or doing is right. They may even lie about their opponents.

Getting all sides of a story isn’t always easy, but it is necessary if we don’t want to be fooled into doing wrong. If we want to practice righteousness and bring glory to God, we need to ask God for wisdom and discernment and carefully examine what we hear.