Thursday, March 5, 2015

Devotion: God Cannot Lie

“Integrity” is defined as “the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards; uncompromising adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty; or the state of being complete or undivided.”  If we had to sum up God’s nature in a word, “integrity” would definitely be at the forefront.  What words come to mind when you think of summing up the nature of God?  Regardless of the words selected, they only define the nature of God, those intrinsic qualities or characteristics that make God who he is.  Here are our top most important characteristics and the ones that are used as “the standard of measure” as we seek to discover the nature of the Most High God.  First, we found in scripture that “there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts” (II Chronicles 19:7).  We also found where God says, “For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6).  And we found where scripture says, “it is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18).

But these wonderful characteristics should not be confused with the abilities of God, for he is fully capable of doing anything he so chooses.  Surely, those who are believers cannot question the sovereignty of God.  The same can be said about the abilities of the one who created all things that are.  Normally we do not make it a habit of speaking for God because God’s words speak for themselves.  However, there are times when the significance of those words gets lost in translation.  God has the ability to be unfair, immoral, unrighteous, and to do evil and bad things.  God also has the ability to change anything that he chooses to change, especially his mind, if he chooses to change it.  And God has the ability to lie as well, if he wants or chooses to.  But the God that we serve, the sovereign God of all creation has chosen not to do any of the abovementioned things because of integrity.  That’s right, we said because of integrity, for our God is one of integrity.

This is all about the nature or character of the God we serve and what he wants man to know about him.  Can you imagine serving a god who was unfair, immoral, unrighteous, and did evil and bad things?  What about serving a god who had respect of person or whose favor could be brought for a price?  How about serving a god who constantly changes his mind or one whose mind could be changed at all?  No, it would be very difficult to serve a god who does any of these things, because you would not know what to do from day to day.  Yet, there are some who have attributed these very traits to the God they claim to serve.  And then there are those who use these very traits as reasons for standing in opposition to God.  This is why our God has chosen to be the One of integrity; that way, his children would recognize him over all others.  Keep these characteristics in mind as you continue your Christian walk.  God wants his children to know and recognize him above all.  If this message is a blessing to you, please share it so that others may be blessed by it as well.

Enjoy your blessings. - KW

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