God has never lied. God is not lying. God will not lie.
As people, we are commanded not to lie (Ex. 20:16), but a hallmark of our identity is that we are liars (Num. 23:19). We are proned to resist truth-telling. We are called not to lie to one another (Col. 3:9), but our deceitful tongues plot destruction in our lives (Ps. 52:2), and they serve as an abomination to the LORD (Prov. 12:22).
Just a sampling of our culture should enable us to echo the prophet Isaiah who said, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips” (Isa. 6:5). In our sinful state, we identify more with the sneaky, serpentine Satan who is the father of lies (John 8:44) than our Lord whose very name in heaven is Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11).
While lies depict our culture, God’s faithfulness makes every single one of his words to be trustworthy.
- God never lies and so, therefore, his promises can be trusted (Titus 1:2).
- Due to God’s nature, it is actually impossible for him to lie (Heb. 6:18).
- God has never lied nor does he change his mind (Num. 23:19).
- Since God’s words are true, we know that his promises to us are good things (2 Sam. 7:28).
- God’s words have been refined and are completely pure without any blemish upon them (Ps. 12:6).
- When sinful people finally hear God’s words compared to the judgments of sinful leaders, they will know them to be true (Ps. 141:6).
- Every one of God’s words proves to be true (Prov. 30:5).
- Even though the grass and the flowers fade, the word of our God stands forever (Isa. 40:8).
- Our sanctification process is contingent upon God’s words being true (John 17:17).
In a world full of lies, God’s words come from a different type of quality.
God’s faithfulness means that his words are true. And if his words are true, we can trust that each promise will truly come to pass.