Saturday, May 2, 2015

Devotion: God Is Not A Liar

Not long ago, we did a study on “The Characteristics of God, his nature, his character, and his personality.”  Among the many things that we discovered, the one thing that we discovered that completely summed up God in a nutshell was that he was “a god of integrity.”  Integrity is defined as “the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professio&nbsnal standards; uncompromising adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty; or the state of being complete or undivided.”  But here is the most important thing that we found about this integrity thing; it has absolutely nothing to do with God’s abilities.

For example, we find in scripture that “there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts” (II Chronicles 19:7), that “God changes not” (Malachi 3:6), and that “it is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18).  We must understand that none of these passages speaks to or has anything to do with the capabilities of God.  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, as well as the ability to lie, if he wants or chooses to.  God is fully capable of doing anything he so chooses, 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 “a god of integrity.”

Can you imagine serving a god who was unfair, immoral, unrighteous, and did evil and bad things?  Can you imagine serving a god who had respect of person or whose favor could be brought for a price?  Can you imagine 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 did 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.  Then there are those who use these very traits as reasons for standing in opposition to God.

Know this, what God has said at the beginning and what he said in past times still holds true today and will continue in the future (Ezekiel 24:14).  What he gave at the beginning, he is still giving today and he will continue to give in the future (James 1:17).  Regardless of his abilities, God has chosen not to do certain things that would bring into question his integrity.  Many of the changes you see today are because man changed what God has said, not God changing what God has said.  Man has changed many things and then used God’s name to do so.  Man has done this so much throughout the years; he is now not able to distinguish the truth from the fiction.  God has not changed his mind about any one thing that he stated in the beginning or changed any one of those things that he put into place in the beginning.  This is why our God has chosen to be “the One of integrity;”that way, his children would recognize him over all others.

Today’s inspirational message speaks briefly about three of God’s characteristics.  We pray that our message will bless you, inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  Please share this message if you are blessed by it so that others may be blessed as well.&nbsp Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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