You know what is not fun? Spending half an hour on the phone with the bank, then spending an hour at the local branch on each of two visits. Not to mention calling creditors to explain why your bill payments haven’t gone through. That is what is going on at our house this week, since I noticed a fraudulent transaction on our checking account Monday. It was an electronic check in my name to “Premier Web Systems.” (My experience is similar to this gentleman’s.) When I called the number on the check, the woman who answered the phone gave the name of a different company, “Billing Solutions.” I asked several questions, but she couldn’t tell me much about what the charge was for. She did say that they would give me a refund and delete my information from their system. She also warned me that if I called my bank and received a refund from them, that second refund would be illegal.
So, then I called the bank. By now I had texted my husband about it. He looked and found a similar transaction from July. (Both amounts were small enough—under $35—that they were easy to miss). I told the bank representative what Billing Solutions said about getting an illegal refund. She said that she was not going to wait and see whether Billing Solutions/Premier Web Systems/whoever was going to keep their word. So she gave us a refund for both transactions. (“If you get two refunds, you get two refunds.”) After all, she said, consider the source of the statement. (The bank also strongly recommended that we close the account.)
That got me thinking about other information we receive from questionable sources. Satan specializes in lies, so like it or not, we can fall for them if we are not vigilant (Ephesians 6:10-17, 1 Peter 5:8). Sometimes the lies are so small that we don’t even notice them. They remain in our mental accounts for months … or decades.
Our emotions are not always reliable sources of information. They can alert us to spiritual issues that we need to take before the Lord; or they can lead us astray, into selfishness or self-pity.
Even well-intentioned, Jesus-loving friends and family get it wrong sometimes. There’s really one Source who gets it right every single time.