Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior. Titus 1:1-3
There are so many reasons that I find hope, comfort and courage from this verse. And it all flows out of that line - “God, who does not lie.” What a sweet phrase that is! It reminds me that when you speak in your Word you do not and cannot lie. What you say is true. More than that what you say is the truth, it is the standard by which all other things are measured as true or false. It reminds me that when you speak a promise it will always happen. You do not speak and then take it back. You do not speak and then change your mind. All of this makes your Word a perfect foundation for my faith and direction for my feet. I don’t have to wonder if what I believe is true because if you have spoken then it is true. I don’t have to wonder what is right or wrong because if you tell me what is right and show me what is wrong, then I know. And just as important, this word gives me courage, O Father. I can share your Word without being ashamed. I can tell the story of your Word and about your Son because this story is true and has been written by you and you do not lie. Fill me with hope, comfort and courage today as I go out with your Word sitting on my heart and coming out of my mouth.
We need not be ashamed of our life or of our message because God has spoken it and he does not lie.