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Does God Mean What He Says?

By Don Loftis | 06.11.14

We know that effective parenting demands that moms and dads be consistent.  Rules are made and regularly enforced.  Stable boundaries (curfews, computer use, vocabulary, etc.) are clearly set so that everyone  knows what is expected.  This consistency minimizes arguments and helps children to trust the things their parents say.

God reveals Himself to us as a perfect “father”; one who exhibits perfect consistency.  God’s nature never changes.  David said of the things of this world, “Like clothing You will change them, and they will be changed, but You are the same, and your years will not come to an end.” (Psalm 102:26-27).  The Hebrew writer described Jesus as the “same yesterday, today, and forever.”  James 1:17 adds that with the Father there “is no variation or shifting shadow.”

Our heavenly Father has disciplined individuals and nations for breaking His laws.  The flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah are historical proofs of such.  Even godly men like Moses, Eli, Jephthah, and David suffered reproof from God.  The perfect father could not ignore the consequences of disobedience in those He loved.

God means exactly what He says and keeps all the promises that He makes.  Those promises about forgiveness are real.  His promise of eternal life is genuine and will not fail.  His guarantee of His presence even in our most difficult days has credibility, because He is perfectly consistent.  Please take note — the Lord really does mean what He says.

 


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