Monday, September 19, 2022

Orange Moon Monday, September 19, 2022 "Cannot"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…



     How trustworthy is one who determines, "I will not lie?"  Well, in most cases, certainly more so than those who give no thought to truth, honesty, and integrity.  However, human weakness intrudes upon our best intentions, rendering impossible our noblest aspirations.  

    Conversely, what if one existed who "cannot lie?"  One does.

    "God… cannot lie" (Titus 1:2).

    Our Creator and Redeemer bears a nature of such pristine purity of moral character that the writer of Hebrews declared it to be "impossible for God to lie" (Hebrews 6:18).  This raises a blessed question and consideration: how much can one be trusted if He not only will not lie, but cannot lie?  Solomon answers…

   "Trust the Lord with all thine heart" (Proverbs 3:5).

   We can ponder this doctrinally, theologically, and philosophically, and well we should.  "With all thy getting, get understanding" (Proverbs 4:7).  However, for the moment, let us consider the moment.  We can trust God right now about every matter of our existence. "with all thine heart"  We can believe the blessings of life are His gift to us.  We can be confident of His provision and protection in this hour, administered by His perfect wisdom and purpose.  We can seek His grace and working in the lives of others with assurance He desires to answer our prayers more than we desire to pray them.  We can believe He coordinates all things together for Christ's glory and our best interests. We can trust Him for forgiveness when we fail, and enabling to arise and walk more faithfully.  Most of all, we can know that when One who cannot lie says "I am with you always… I will never leave thee nor forsake thee," His absolutely vital presence will abide forevermore.  By His perfectly truthful Word, the One for whom it is "impossible to lie" declares in the eternally present tense such assurance to those who trust Him through the Lord Jesus Christ (James 1:17; Philippians 4:19; Proverbs 21:31; I Timothy 2:1-8; Romans 8:28-29; I John 1:9; I Corinthians 10:13; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5; Isaiah 41:10).

   Our only sane response to such faithfulness must be our determination to cast our faith completely upon it.  "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust" (Psalm 18:2). We must grow in such confidence, of course.  Knowing that One exists who will not - cannot - fail us in faithfulness goes far in furthering us down the path of righteousness whereupon we seek to trust Him "with all thine heart."  Just now, wherever we find ourselves upon the path, the God of perfect truth, honesty, and integrity, the God who cannot lie, beckons us to cast our hearts upon Him with utter abandonment.  He will not disappoint us.

"I am… the truth."
(John 14:6)

Weekly Memory Verse    
   Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.
(John 14:6)


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