God never lies

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Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.

1 Timothy 1:1-2 (ESC)

How many promises have you broken in your lifetime? It’s a common, human experience to have broken a promise whether intentionally or unintentionally. We are not perfect. It may be that we told someone we would meet them and didn’t or something as severe as breaking a contract or marital vow. Whether it was something small or large, we have all broken promises at one point.

How many times have you experienced someone breaking a promise to you? This is something that many of us remember as it is often painful to experience. When someone gives you their word that they will do something and don’t, it can be devastating.

These two questions are important to ask when talking about this passage. Paul in his letter to his student Timothy makes two statements almost in passing that tell us so much about God and who He is: God never lies and He promised us eternal life before the ages began.

Let’s think about that for a moment. God never lies. This doesn’t mean that God is just generally truthful most of the time. This means if God tells us something, it is 100 percent, unequivocally, absolutely, undeniably true. We have never experienced this in our interactions with others. It’s impossible. Whether it’s a little white lie, exaggeration, embellishment, or a severe lie, we have all done it. But God has never done so.

Then, to top that off, God promises those who believe in Him eternal life. The perfect God who doesn’t lie has promised that we will have eternal life with Him. That is amazing to think about. Unlike the promises that we sometimes break, God will never break His word. Instead of us being broken over empty promises, God’s promises are full of truth.

This week, think about the many promises of God in scripture. There are too many to list here. If you’ve never taken God up on his promise of a relationship with Him, think on this: God will never let you down and will never break His promise to you.

October 12, 2020