Friday, April 12, 2013

Nehemiah 7: 5-73

In Genesis 13, God tells Abraham, “Lift up now thine eyes, and look…for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.“
God always tells the truth. So, what is truth? Truth is the relationship between what is spoken and what actually occurs. Truth is only truth when what is spoken becomes what is.
There are a few characteristics of God that make this possible.
1) Omniscience: God knows everything. (Omni – “all”, science – “knowledge”) This omniscience includes what is called “prescience,” (pre – “before”, science – “knowledge”) or foreknowledge. God is the only one who knows the future. (Isa. 46:10) Because He knows all, and specifically what will occur in the future, every time He speaks about the future, He is speaking from a position where He can see all things as clearly as if they have already occurred.
2) Omnipotence: God is all-powerful. (Omni – “all”, potent – “powerful”) This omnipotence means that God can do anything and everything. Revelation 19 says that God reigns in omnipotence. Therefore, He has the power to ensure that anything He says will come to pass.
3) Holiness: God cannot sin. God is the embodiment of holiness. (Lev.19:2) It is the attribute that adorns all the other attributes. It means that He can only do what is right. It is not an attribute that binds Him to a set of rules, it is an attribute that defines His very nature. It is not that He cannot lie, it is that He will not lie (He would never even desire to).
So God tells the truth. He always, only tells the truth. And when God told Abraham that his descendants would own this land, nothing could stop that.
Nehemiah and the wall builders began the census to count all the children of Abraham that have returned to the land. As the family names are called out through the streets of Jerusalem, the truth of an Omniscient, Omnipotent, Holy God echoes down into reality. He had said they would inhabit, and they now did.
God tells us the truth. We can believe Him at what He says. It is in His very nature to only utter what is true. In Hebrews 13:5, this truth-telling God says, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Let the truth of a Good God breathe comfort into your life today.

Food For Thought: Read John 14:1-6. What does Jesus say in regards to “truth” that points toward His divinity?