If you say that you don’t lie, well, that would be a lie, wouldn’t it?
The truth is that all of us have lied before, and unfortunately, will lie again. It could be a small itsy bitsy white lie to avoid hurting someone’s feelings (yes, that looks good on you; nah, you have not put on any weight) or it could be one of the big fat lies that hurt relationships and ourselves.
I would like to say that I have not told a lie for a long while (cos I am a good person) but I can’t. Just the other day, I told a white lie. Someone asked me if something was bothering me, as I’d looked distracted. I said, “Nothing”, and in so doing, ended up hurting the person’s feelings.
Some people are good at hiding that they are telling a lie. Poker face. I know of a few of such people, and they are so convincing that I can’t tell when they are telling a lie!
Then there are others I can spot telling a lie the very moment it is uttered. The telltale signs are there – the slight, almost indiscernible squirm, the slight rise in the vocal pitch, and almost always, the slight embarrassed, nervous smile.
Fortunately or not, I belong to the latter group. When I lie, my voice goes a slight notch higher, I can’t help but squirm, or cough or yawn, whichever is more convenient, and inside, I’m thinking I’m busted!
Often, we lie to ourselves too, and we don’t even know or we are in denial, perhaps too shocked to even contemplate that such self-deception was even possible. Shouldn’t I be smart enough to catch my own lies?
Being lied to, lying to others, or lying to ourselves never feels good. It always leaves one feeling betrayed, guilty, disconcerted.
What about God?
The great news is that God never lies! That truth just didn’t sink in till recently. It’s as if the scales fell from my eyes!
God does not lie – He never lied, and will never lie. The best part is that He can’t lie!
In Hebrews 6:18, we are told “that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us”.
In Titus 1:1-3, we read of “hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began…”
If we meditate on this truth that God does not, cannot, and will not lie, we can trust in all that He says.
We can rest easy and trust Him when He says:
I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
For I know the plans I have for you, … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
There are so many promises in the Bible that speaks of God’s faithfulness! Remember, God cannot lie. He has to keep every single promise He makes. I don’t know about you, but that really encourages me. I hope the knowledge and truth about our God will do the same for you too.
How has God been faithful to you? How honest has He been with you?
By Serena Low, FaithWorks