“It’s true, I tell you.” “Believe me, it’s true.” “I am not going to lie to you.”
These are statements people to make to convince you about the reliability of their statements. People often say them when talking about the unbelievable, ridiculous, or strange events. Those who say such things are hoping that you not doubt them, even if it seems reasonable to do so.
Doubt is a funny thing. Many doubt the things that are completely reliable, while relying on things completely doubtful. I think of my own grandfather. He was terrified of flying, not believing it to be safe, yet was safe the single time he flew. On the other hand, he loved to drive in spite of the manifold accidents he experienced throughout his life.
You likely see where this is going.
God gave us His Word. Time and time and time again the Bible has been confirmed, proven, sustained, and shown to be worthy of trust. It has changed lives, made strong the weak, guided the lost, repaired marriages, healed relationships, and changed family trees.
On the flip side, we follow our own leading, make our own independent decisions, and run our lives into the ground. We believe we know best, but routinely prove otherwise. Yet, rather than trust God’s true truth, the Bible, we believe in ourselves.
Should we place our trust in the God of the Bible, radical changes would occur. God, who knows us because He created us, revealed Himself to us through His Word. Moses wrote under God’s direction, “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” In the New Testament we read believers live “in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.”
God is not a liar. His Word was promised to not pass away, “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” (see also Isaiah 40:8, 1 Peter 1:25). He has given us truth, and it is true truth. Are there hard things to accept? YES! Even so, God is a God of truth, not lies, and His Word is true truth (John 17:17). Embrace true truth.