God Cannot Lie
“Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true.”
One trait of God I once found most challenging to grasp was that He does not and cannot lie. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to believe it; it was just that I had never known someone that could not or would not lie. In trying to understand God and all He is, we are limited in our human understanding. We base our views by what we have seen and experienced. Therefore, we have never encountered a person that cannot lie. We often see God as we see ourselves, as that’s the only comparison we can relate to. As many of us, I have been a casualty of lies and also the culprit. Research shows that Americans lie on average, eleven times a week. Lies destroy families, marriages, jobs, society and people. The most infamous liar now and in history is one many choose to ignore; in fact one of his many names is, “The father of lies” (John 8:44).
One of the biggest comforts in my walk with God and when facing doubt is that God cannot lie. That’s a game changer! Meditate on that for a while; let it soak in. He CANNOT lie. We can be open with God because He is trustworthy. He will not twist our words and use them against us.
Why can’t God lie?
*He’s not human.
“God is not like people. He tells no lies. He is not like humans. He doesn't change his mind. When he says something, he does it. When he makes a promise, he keeps it.”
*He cannot sin. Humans at their very core are all sinners. We all fall short and miss the mark. God cannot sin.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin.”-Hebrews 4:15
*To show us He is faithful and above all else He can be trusted. If we could not trust God, would we follow Him? No.
*Lying is a character flaw, and by God lying it would go against His very nature. God is truth.
"I am the way and the truth and the life.”-John 14:6
*God is pure, holy and perfect.
“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
“In the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.”
“To begin with, I recognize that it is impossible that God should ever deceive me. For in every case of trickery or deception some imperfection is to be found; and although the ability to deceive appears to be an indication of cleverness or power, the will to deceive is undoubtedly evidence of malice or weakness, and so cannot apply to God.” -René Descartes
*God is true and flawless.
“Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.”
“And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.”
How do we know He can’t lie?
*It’s a fact. Nothing in God’s word ever turned out to be a lie; He did all He said He would do, every time.
“In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.”
It’s funny how we will throw around our trust to humans who are not trustworthy relatively easily, but we will question God and give Him the side eye when it comes to trusting Him. We must remember that God's track record verses humans is as pure as snow and without mistake. It’s been tested over and over again and the fact is, it’s true.