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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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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? (Numbers 23:19 ESV)

In a moment of pressure and fear, have you ever lied or broken your word to another person? Mix in a little anxiety over personal accountability and lies seem to blossom. This is the curse of the natural man to always look out first for No. 1. (Romans 3:23 ESV) A little white lie here and a broken promise there will not cause any real problems, right? Such things are useful tools when we do not want to be inconvenienced by the truth but are they really? A half-truth is a whole lie.

In the Bible, you often find anthropomorphic descriptions of God. This is the use of human characteristics to help us understand what God is like. We find this in such words and phrases as Genesis 2:2 – “He rested”, Judges 2:18 – “the Lord was moved to pity”, or Psalm 34:15 – “eyes of the Lord”. Since God is invisible to us, biblical anthropomorphism gives us a frame of reference.

The Bible confronts us, however, with the fact that “God is not a man.” His ways are not human ways and His thoughts are as far from our thinking as heaven is from the earth. (Isaiah 55:9 ESV) God cannot lie because truth is essential to His divine nature. He is the ultimate source of truth. (Titus 1:2 ESV)

God is not influenced by passing feelings to change His plans. God does not change over time like mortal men. He is never false concerning His promises. We may think and talk about God in human terms of speech, but “God is not a man” and that is just the point. He is the Sovereign Creator of all that is and He is absolutely holy. In fact, He is holy, holy, holy! (Isaiah 6:3 ESV) We can read the Word of God and live according to His promises with the absolute assurance that He does not lie and God’s Word is never constrained by circumstances:

So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11 ESV)

God’s word is trustworthy, dependable, and truthful. By His Word, He casts mountains into the sea. Therefore, do not judge God’s Word or promises by what you have seen of the faithlessness of men. God is holy and His words are life and righteousness. We can believe and have faith in the truthfulness of His Word. God is dependable and His plans and promises never fail.


“Does God Ever Change His Mind?” by Sam Storms

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