We purchased our house 24 years ago. It was a brand-new construction and advertised as a home built with state-of-the-art materials and construction techniques. We soon learned the ugly truth-a continual revelation how the builders cut corners in nearly every phase of the project. From leaky windows in our breakfast nook and bedrooms, to Styrofoam bases for our cement walkway, to using cheap PVC piping to connect our water main to our home, it has been a series of disturbing discoveries. The beautiful facade of our new home hid the ugly truth.
It was lipstick on a pig.
We had no reason to suspect such deception. The builder had a good reputation by building other quality homes in the area, which was one of the reasons we purchased this home. However, when we compared notes with other homeowners, we discovered they had encountered similar issues. As the adage states, buyer beware.
Thousands of years ago, King Solomon called out the deceitfulness of unscrupulous business dealings, with a remarkably modern and humorous proverb.
“Bad, bad,” says the buyer, but when he goes his way, then he boasts.
Proverbs 20:14 (NASB)
Some things never change because our hearts have never changed. Whether in business dealings or legal transactions, we must be wary of anyone with whom we do financial transactions.
Lipstick on a pig.
How desperately we need the saving grace and mercy of our Savior, Jesus Christ, in our lives!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.