"And he said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat bread and drink water.’ ” But he lied to him. So he went back with him and ate bread in his house and drank water." - 1 Kings 13:18-19
We see it every day in the business world. People lie to get ahead. They have their own agenda and they really don't care who they hurt. There are also entire cultures that practice a lifestyle of constant deceit. They can't see any other way to succeed. In a world of such falsehood, who can we really trust?
The man of God had received a message from God and clear instructions to follow. He proved faithful in delivering the message and obedient in the early stages of of his mission. But, the moment of temptation arrived. The real difficulty was where the prodding came from to disobey. An old prophet lied to the man of God, which ultimately led to his death. If you can't trust an old prophet, who can you really trust?
The lesson is reasonably clear. The only one who knows the will of God for you... Is you. Many wise and well experienced people can enter your life with proposals that go contrary to God's will for you. They may be incredibly insightful and trustworthy. But, you are not accountable to their directions in life. You answer to God alone. And, in a world of many well meaning, but often misleading friends, who can you really trust? The leading of God!