“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
In 7th grade, a classmate loved to tease and annoy me. Unfortunately, we carpooled together, so I was stuck in a van each day with him. He would call me names and make fun of me for being tall. I didn’t realize then how difficult the junior high years can be, or that if I hadn’t gotten so upset he probably would have stopped teasing.
Instead, I devised a clever scheme to make him stop. In my best-forged handwriting, I wrote a letter to me from him. I outlined all the things he didn’t like about me and then signed his name and stuck it in my book bag.
Needless to say, when I showed my teacher, it didn’t take her and the principal long to figure out who had actually written the letter. As a consequence, I spent the next half of the school day in a small room with nothing but a stack of books and my brown bagged lunch. As a shy student, I was mortified, humiliated, and embarrassed.
I wish I could say that was the end of my lying career. It took me through my high school years and a loss of a friendship before I finally realized the destruction, devastation, and pain lying brings. When I finally got to the end of myself, I ran to truth and have never looked back.
My husband finds my childhood stories hard to believe because by the time he met me truth was a core principle that I stood firmly on. I believe truth is so important, because if you don’t have honesty – you don’t have anything.
God is truth
He is trustworthy – if He were anything but truth I would not be able to depend on the promises in His word. He keeps His word. My faith is in believing God is who he says he is and he will do what he says he will do.
He doesn’t change – before all time and history into all eternity God is the same. The same God that spoke to Moses in the burning bush, the same God that will come back on a white horse, that God is my God. I can be confident in who He is.
As a kid, I was baffled at how the teacher knew I’d written the note. Now looking back having been a mom and teacher for many years, I chuckle at my childlike logic. Sometimes it’s easy to recognize when someone isn’t being completely honest. Other times, we can end up feeling betrayed and hurt when we trusted someone who wasn’t telling us the truth.
How thankful I am I don’t have to doubt or question God’s unending, enduring love for me. I can set my feet on solid ground because I believe God is truth. I can rest my mind on the promises in the Bible because God is faithful.
God, Thank you for being truth. Thank you that I can trust you, that I can put my hope in you. You are so beyond humanness my mind is in awe of you. Even when it’s hard or uncomfortable, you balance truth with love and grace. I pray you would work the same in me. Give me the courage to speak truth with love and grace. In Jesus name, Amen.