Thursday, September 24, 2015

Devotion: God Can Be Trusted

Getting back to this “wanting to know who this God that we had pledged our life, that we had chose to follow, to obey, and to serve was” thing, we mentioned the fact that God says, “I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6).  We went on to mention that what God is today is what he had to be in the days past, and even had to be in the beginning.  Could it be true that we have somewhere along the way, gotten a few things wrong about the God that we have pledged our lives to and who we have chose to follow, to obey, and to serve was?

Many have stated that as you read through the events of the Bible and the relationships God had with people, God is progressively revealing himself to man.  That appears to be great for man today, but what about all those back in the beginning.  Did he leave them short in their understanding of who he was?  Did he not impress upon them how he operates?  If this be the case, then God himself has given us an advantage over those who came before us.  And more importantly, God has shortchanged those who were back in the beginning by not giving them the same opportunity as us.

In order for the man to understand what God and what he wants of him, God has to reveal himself to man.  In saying that, God had to reveal himself to the first man and then to all men following the first.  This is important because once we know who God is, from the beginning, then we will forever know who God is.  Remember, it was God who said, “I change not.”  If God changes one thing, even in the slightest, that he did from the very beginning, then he lied because he did in fact “change.”  According to scripture God “cannot lie” (Titus 1:2), for “it is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18).  We also 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).

First of all, we see that God cannot lie.  Then we see that “there is absolutely no injustice, immorality, unrighteousness, or wrong doings with God.”  Next, we see that “there is no respect of persons with God.”  This means that there is no partiality or any unfair preferences for one person or group over another with God.  And finally, we see that God cannot be bribed with gifts, promises, or the like, “for there is no taking of gifts with God.”

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe” (Hebrews 1:1 NIV).  “These men of faith I have mentioned died without ever receiving all that God had promised them; but they saw it all awaiting them on ahead and were glad, for they agreed that this earth was not their real home but that they were just strangers visiting down here.  And quite obviously when they talked like that, they were looking forward to their real home in heaven” (Hebrews 11:13-14 TLB).

And though it may not appear to be so, we now see that God did in fact reveal himself to those before us in similar or like fashion.  We know that we can trust God, because he changes not, because he cannot lie, and because there is absolutely no injustice, immorality, unrighteousness, or wrong doings with God, nor is there any respect of persons or taking of gifts.  God is faithful in all that he does and his word is forever right and true (Psalm 33:4).  And just a closing note for those of you who have been following our commentaries, the reasons we know we can trust God are the fundamental building blocks used to support our entire belief system.  May they be used to strengthen your belief system and elevate you to the next level as well.

Once again, we give thanks and glory to God for his wisdom and understanding.  We are so blessed to be able to share with you the reasons we know we can trust God and the fundamental building blocks used to support our entire belief system.  We continue to pray that this inspirational message will be a blessing to each of you and that you will be the better for having read them.  If you are blessed by what has been provided, please feel free to share so that others may be blessed as well; for as freely as our Father has given this to us, we freely give so that others may share in the love and be blessed.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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