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One challenge for many Christians (that they probably don’t know they face) is actually believing what God says.
We come across a promise in the Bible or read through the commands for what a Christian lifestyle entails and we immediately begin to parse the words because taking them at face value would just be too radical. Too uncomfortable.
But is God a liar?
If not, then we need to take Him at His word.
The Oldest Trick in the Book: Does God Lie?
Way back in the Garden, the serpent got Eve with one simple question: “Did God really say…?”
Questioning if God really said what He meant and meant what He said is literally the oldest trick in the Book. And yet we fall for it over and over.
Does God really want me to sell what I have and give things to the poor? Did He truly intend for me to submit to my husband, even when he’s wrong? Am I actually supposed to bless the people who treat me like dirt and hurt me? Surely I’m not expected to forgive that?
Did God really say…
Related: Why Can We Trust God?
But God is the Promise Keeper
My sweet friend, we serve the God who is The Promise Keeper. He always keeps His Word. He doesn’t direct us to do things He doesn’t intend for us to do.
God cannot lie.
He promised that Abraham would be the father of many nations and so he was. God used unlikely circumstances, but He kept His promise. Because God cannot lie.
God promised that David would be king and even though he faced a giant and a crazy king and men with agendas to take his life, God kept His promise and David was established. Because God cannot lie.
We serve the Lord who stood with the men in the fiery furnace, closed the mouths of the lions, delivered food in the desert via ravens, rescued His children from the vice grip of a heart-hardened pharaoh, and ultimately sent His only Son to ransom you and me and anyone else who would hear His call.
He is trustworthy. Because, my lovely one, God cannot lie.
Psalm 33:4 says, “The Word of the Lord holds true; we can trust everything he does.” (NLT)
God Cannot Lie
God is not man, that he should lie,Numbers 23:19
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.1 Samuel 15:29
…in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began…Titus 1:2
…so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.Hebrews 6:18
If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.2 Timothy 2:13
What can you trust Him with today?
What promises can you cling to? How can you trust the God who cannot lie?
If you go into your time of Bible reading and prayer knowing that God is trustworthy and every Word is true, how will it change you? The way you live? It’s amazing.