DAY 5 - Read Daily04-11-2019 | Matthew Campbell | YOUTH
Day 5 - The God Who Never Lies
1 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 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
Questions For Reflection
- Can you think of a time where you have been lied to? What emotions did that conjure up in you?
- How does it encourage you to know that the God of the Bible never has, and never will, lie?
- Where in your life do you currently struggle to believe God’s promises? How does Titus 1:2 encourage you? (For example: Perhaps you struggle to believe that God is with you in the midst of difficult/painful circumstances. Maybe you doubt that God really is in control of your future. Perhaps you struggle to believe that God can save your non-Christian friend etc.)
Devotion Transcript (Watch on Baptist Youth Youtube Channel)
We live in a world where it is very difficult to know who or what to trust. Perhaps even before this YouTube video began you were shown an advertisement that attempted to persuade you to buy a particular product or download an app that will supposedly ‘change your life.’ Your social media news feed and TV are constantly filled with people promising that they can help you ’get rich quick’ or ‘shed 10 pounds in 10 days.’ Every day you watch the news you have politicians promising that their proposals and campaigns are best for society - and if you follow them, everything will be ok.
We all find ourselves asking the question - ‘who can I really trust?’ Most of us, if we’re honest, have become more than a little pessimistic about any truth claim because we are so used to hearing fake news and empty claims. It sometimes feels that we live in a culture surrounded by lies.
Well the Cretans, who Paul was writing to, lived a culture much like ours. They lived in a culture that was well known for spreading fake news and telling lies. In fact, later on in v12, you’ll notice that Paul quotes a really well known saying from a 7th century BC Poet which was ‘all Cretans are liars, evil brutes and lazy gluttons.’ In fact, the Greek gods, who these Cretans would have become accustomed to growing up, were themselves known as liars - you couldn’t trust them!
As a result, the Cretans were, much like us, pessimistic about any sort of truth claim, especially when it came to the topic of ‘God.’
This is why Paul, as he begins this letter, inserts that little phrase in verse 2 that this God ‘does not lie.’ Paul wants his readers to be extremely clear that the God of the Bible is one who can be trusted. He isn’t like the Greek god’s who the Cretans had become familiar with. He isn’t like the manipulative salesmen we see popping up on our TV screens and web pages - this is a God who can be trusted!
In many ways, this is the story of the entire Old Testament. We see countless examples of God’s people disobeying him and running from him. In fact, God himself was the victim of his own people making false promises to him. However, through all the ways people lied to God and about God, He was 100% faithful. Never once did God lie or go against his word.
As you think about your day ahead. Take confidence in the fact that, in spite of the many lies and half-truths we will hear (some of which may cause us great pain and hurt), we serve a God who is always faithful and can be completely trusted. He is the God who never lies!