Brandi, a woman I know who used to be in my youth group, spent years estranged from her father. All her growing-up years and into her 20s, her dad hid an addiction to pornography. Or convinced himself he hid it. When Brandi and her brothers confronted him, the man denied it. Hurt, angry and betrayed, Brandi said to heck with him and refused to talk to him.
People will lie to you. Even those you should be able to trust. They’ll deceive you. They’ll mislead you and two-time you. They’ll insinuate, ingratiate, and manipulate you.
Has a boyfriend gone out on you and covered it up? Have you ever had a cheater for a boss? Has your mom ever said she’d back you up, and instead she didn’t even show up? Has a politician every lied to you? (Don’t get me started.)
And, how about you? Do you tell the truth, all the time? Are you reliable? If you say you’ll do something or be somewhere, do you do it or go there? Or do you bend the truth when it’s convenient?
God doesn’t do that. God backs up what He says. Story after story in the Bible shows that God keeps His word. Story after story of people’s lives, my own included, shows that God follows through on His promises, like providing a savior on our behalf. False gods can’t do that. (Of course, they can’t even make a promise in the first place!)
You and I don’t always mean what we say. We don’t always say what we mean. We don’t always even know what we’re saying! But if God says something, we can be confident that He backs it up. We can trust Him.
It’s like His motto is, “I said it, I meant it and I ‘m here to represent it.”
P.S. By the way, God eventually told Brandi to go to her father and tell him she loved him, even though she didn’t feel like it. That act broke the man’s heart and he confessed everything, asking Brandi, and God, for forgiveness.