El – Emeth – God of Truth
God tells us in His Word that He is “The God of Truth” (Isaiah 65:16). He says His Word is true (Psalm 119:142), and that He cannot lie (Numbers 23:19). Jesus says that He, Himself, is Truth (John 14:6).
We live in untrustworthy times. Regardless of where you stand on any issue, today, you likely feel as if you are being lied to by one group or another. Disinformation, misinformation – almost everything we hear, see, or read these days would be classified as such by someone.
The goal of this study is to magnify God. We are exploring His nature and character to realize how awesome He is and how He changes things in our daily lives. Ephesians 3:20 states, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” He doesn’t go about doing things all on His own. He has chosen to exercise His power through us who believe.
And there is the rub. It’s harder for us to believe in the things we see, feel, and touch now more than ever. Never mind an invisible God.
The problem from the beginning has been trust. Adam and Eve took the fruit and ate it because they were persuaded by the serpent to doubt God. The trickster got them to believe that God was lying when He said they would die from eating the fruit and convinced them that He was holding out on them.
God has told us that He is True. He has promised many times in His Word to be faithful to those who trust in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 40:4, Philippians 4:6-7 as a start). We must choose to believe. Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
We want to do the mighty exploits for God hinted at in Ephesians 3:20, but when the people came asking what they could do to work for God, Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent (John 6:29 NLT).”
This is the starting point. God is true. He is trustworthy. I will believe.
What do these verses show you about the nature of God?