TRUTH ABIDES FOREVER Andy Hollifield 3-5-19
Psalms 100:5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; his truth endureth to all generations. (KJV)
There is a true statement I have always heard about telling the truth. It says, “If you tell the truth, you don’t never have to worry or try to remember what you said.” I always liked that and found it to be true. The psalmist wrote extensively about the Lord’s truth and Solomon addressed the importance of truth all throughout the book of Proverbs. In John 4:24, the bible says that “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. In 8:32 John says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus said in John 14:6, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The word “truth” is used 235 times in the bible. Most of those times, it is speaking about the truth of God.
The Lord said in Malachi 3:6, “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore the sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Aren’t you glad that God don’t change? Aren’t you glad that verse is true? How sad would it be to try to live your life pleasing to the Lord and get to judgment and hear him say, “I changed my mind about your salvation. I decided not to accept you after all.” Since it is true that he don’t change; we will never have to worry about that if we have ever accepted him as our Savior.
Another plain statement about God was made by Paul in his letter to Titus. In 1:2 he said, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” If he could lie, which he can’t; how would we know for sure that our hope of eternal life was real? Aren’t you glad that he is truth personified? Twice in Deuteronomy 31, the bible says about God, “He will not fail thee nor forsake thee.” In Joshua 1:5, God told Joshua, “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” I will tell you something else that is true about God. Lamentations 3:22 says “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” I am so thankful that his compassions fail not. I also like the fact that it said compassions with an “s.” That means God has more than one compassion. What if that weren’t true and his compassions could fail? We would never be able to be sure if God would have compassion on us when we repent of our sins.
Think about if we had a God that we could not rely on. One that we were never sure could come through for us in a pinch. What if we had a God that we couldn’t count on to have compassion and instead rained down judgment? What if we couldn’t count on him to be merciful when we have sinned? What about when we go to him in prayer? What if we could never be sure that he would answer in the best way possible for his will? What if we couldn’t be sure he would answer at all? What a miserable state we would be in.
In a world of change where people “call evil good and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20), aren’t you glad that God doesn’t change. His truth and his word “abideth for ever.” The bible we use was translated by King James of England into the English language in 1611. Aren’t you glad that every one of the principles and precepts of God’s word from then are still true today? We may look at the political climate of our world and get disheartened at times. We especially look at the country that once believed “In God We Trust” so much we put it on our currency. We see our nation that was founded as a Christian nation, completely turning our back on God. If you want to be encouraged, read about the city we are going to. “That city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). That city where Jesus went to the Father and placed his blood on the mercy-seat to obtain forgiveness of our sins. None of that has changed. We still have a just God who is truth and abideth for ever. We have hope because of the fact that God is truth. His mercy still endureth forever. His compassions still don’t fail. He still don’t change and he still can’t lie. So when you start to dwell too much on how much things have changed in just a few short years; remember “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!