This morning I came across Paul’s statement in Romans 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” Then, I go on to read the third chapter of Genesis and recall the lies that began there in the Garden of Eden. Earlier, in Matthew 3, I was reminded while reading about John baptizing converts that there came unto him Pharisees and Sadducees wanting to be baptized. But John refused them and told them to, “bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” A common thread throughout all of these is the untruthfulness of man and the truthfulness of God. Let’s make it our prayer today that we will not only be honest with God, we will not put our trust in man.
Heavenly Father, we come before you today unworthy sinners saved by your everlasting grace and mercy. Father, ever since man began we were involved in lies, and it has not changed today. Help us to be truthful and honest in our hearts and minds with You in everything that we say or do. In the end, it only harms and hinders us to lie to You and grieve your Holy Spirit. Father, increase our faith in You, and lesson on dependence of fellow man. In your Son’s precious and holy name we pray. Amen.