“If You Lie, I Can’t Help You!” (Numbers 23:19)

A friend of our family and I were driving home and reminiscing over the passage of time and how our children had grown. His son was taking over the family business and his father beamed with pride as he described how he was making good decisions always putting the customer first. “I’m here to help him, “ he began. “But I always tell him, if you lie, I can’t help you.”


I nodded in agreement.


“Any kind of problem, come to me, I tell him. I know lots of people, I’ve seen it all. I will always support you. But if you lie, there is nothing I can do. So always tell me the truth, no matter how bad it seems.”


It’s true. I would do anything to support my children but there must be trust. A lie would hinder any of my efforts because I would not have the complete truth. It damages both of our reputations. So why lie?


We are fallen sinners. We want to do our best and be honest with those whom we love, but sometimes fear grips us. We are afraid of the consequences if the truth were known. We are afraid that irreparable damage may be inflicted upon our relationship if the other party knew what was done. But what can we do? To whom can we turn and trust?


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)


Thanks be to God, that He will never lie to us. It is impossible because God is Holy; He cannot do anything that is against His divine nature. He will always be willing to help us but we must come to Him with honest and humble intentions. Although we can hide the truth from Him, He will know when we are lying. Like my friend and his son, we allow God to work His best intentions in us and through our lives when we are completely honest with Him.


Don’t lie to God, He already knows what you have done. Allow God to work His grace and mercy in your life by honestly confessing your sins, repenting, and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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