Our Lord's perfect character and nature means that He not only will not lie. He "cannot lie" (Titus 1:2). Thus, Someone exists whom we can believe without reserve, or as Solomon commanded, "Trust in the Lord with all thy heart" (Proverbs 3:5).
Presently, this involves complete confidence in the words of Scripture. We cannot hear the physical voice of God in this life, so we must trust the propositional voice of His Word, the Bible. I was greatly blessed in the first week of my Christian life more than four decades ago to hear a mentor suggest, "Believe every word of the Bible to such a degree that if you have problems with any verse, passage, or chapter, realize that the issue is not with God's Word, but with your own limited and faulty understanding." The Holy Spirit who inspired the Scriptures bore witness to my heart then of such perfect Biblical reliability, and He continues to do so in the hearts of all whom He inhabits. "Thy Word is truth" sounds and resounds, beckoning our hearts to the safe haven of the Christ perfectly proclaimed in the sacred Text (John 17:17).
"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock" (Matthew 7:24-25).
Doing God's sayings first involves believing them. Every day of our lives provides opportunity for numerous determinations to affirm the truth of Scripture in the face of opposing information, appearance, and reasoning. "We walk by faith" (II Corinthians 5:7). Step by step, our Father offers us the peace of knowing He can be trusted, as revealed in the words - all of them - declared by the Bible. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee" (Isaiah 26:3). We will never completely understand the Scriptures in this lifetime. Infinite Truth communicated to finite minds will always lead to some head scratching. We can, however, completely believe the Scriptures in this lifetime, building an altar within our hearts that sacrifices any notion of unreliability in God or His Word. We choose to believe in the "Never" of Divine and Scriptural untruthfulness.
Forty years has confirmed to my heart over and over again the Truth of God's Word, and the wisdom of the mentor I mentioned. Eternity will confirm the same, and perhaps most to the point, this day offers the privileged responsibility to join the Lord who in His affirmation to the Father: "Thy Word is truth". What will we believe? Who will we believe? The current of this day will flow in response to our answers. I know you join me in the peace of the Bible's "Thus saith the Lord". We will believe the word of the One who cannot lie, and who we will forever - and in this day - find to be never untruthful.
"It was impossible for God to lie."
"Thy Word is very pure. Therefore, The servant loveth it."
Weekly Memory Verse
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
(I Timothy 1:17)