God Cannot Lie!

Someone once counted the promises God made to us in His word–8000!   Yet when the bad guys are winning and the good guys are hurting, I sometimes ask myself, “Can any good ever come out of this world of evil?  Can God lie?”  Titus 1:2 says God cannot lie.  That’s well and good to say, but honestly, humans lie, sometimes purposely and other times, by habit.

As a child, I became a consummate liar to weasel out of any troubles in which I found myself.  My lies became automatic until I would lie without thinking.  Then to protect myself from my lies I would need to cover up my lies.  When God revealed this evil pattern to me, I decided I didn’t want to lie any longer.  It was a difficult habit to break, but with the Holy Spirit’s help, today I stop myself before I speak.  Sometimes I need to back up and clarify, but step by step, it’s getting easier.

Many children develop the habit of lying for self-preservation–anything to keep out of trouble.  The more intelligent they are; the more they do it and can get away with it.  Hence the better they become at it.  By the time they reach adulthood it is second nature.  We’ve all seen this scenario play out in the political world.  One lie begets the next and the next until it takes a massive cover-up to conceal the deception, thus creating a much worse problem.  Take the Watergate fiasco or the John Edwards’ tragedy.  We think, “If only he’d come clean in the first place instead of covering it up.”

I live in an era of instant communications.  Lies that could be swept under the proverbial rug, are splashed across the media in seconds.  As a result in my cynical society everyone is suspect.  In the 1950’s doctors and preachers were considered ready for sainthood.  Today they’re reputations have plummeted to the level of lawyers and used car salesmen.

Passing on that cynicism to God the Creator of the Universe is the next logical step in my thought process.  But the difference, ah, the difference, is God cannot lie!  Do you know why?  There’s a very good reason.  When God created the world, He spoke it into being.  “And God said, ‘Let there be light!’ and there was light.”  Boom! flash!  Zap!  No hesitation.  Like Captain Picard of the Starship Enterprise who said, “Make it so!”  And it was so.

The moment God speaks, His words are transformed into reality.  He can’t lie.  The instant a hypothetical “lie” would leave His mouth it would be come the truth.  Beyond the moral law, it’s a physical and eternal law.  So the next time you read a verse like Jeremiah 31:3 NIV which says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.” Wow!  Everlasting–where does that stop?  Tomorrow?  Next week?  The next time you tell a lie?  Everlasting is forever and ever and ever–no conditions!

In a world of charlatans and con artists, I am so glad the God of the Universe can be trusted to keep His word.  I am so thankful when politicians tumble from grace, when leaders try to cover-up their stupid mistakes; that in this world of deceit I have one Rock, one Constant which never changes, never fudges the truth, never makes political promises He cannot keep, never tries to flim-flam me in any way because He can’t.  He is Truth!  God cannot lie!

 

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