Day 36 – Trustworthy
Most people would say that they’re not gullible, but that other people are.
Gullibility is the tendency to be easily persuaded that something is real or true when it is not. It’s amazing the stuff people will believe. Gullibility is like the person who bought an app that tests your gullibility for only $500.
In contrast, the apostle John tells us that we can believe with certainty what God says as true.
“We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son” (1 John 5:9-10).
Without being gullible, and exercising a normal sense of caution, we do place our trust in lots of things: Depositing money in a bank. Riding in a car. Buying food at the grocery store. Taking Tylenol for a headache.
Without being gullible, we normally believe the testimony of others and accept what they say as true: Spouses believe the word of each another. Children believe the word of their parents and teachers. Business owners believe the word of their employers. Juries believe the word of their witnesses. Friends believe the word of their friends.
This being so, how much greater to believe the testimony of God and accept what he says as true.
People sometimes exaggerate and twist the facts. Some even lie and try to deceive us. But not God. God never exaggerates or twists the facts. He cannot lie or deceive. What God says is always true. The apostle even boldly adds that disbelieving God’s testimony is to call God a liar.
A man who lived on Long Island ordered an expensive barometer. When it arrived, he was extremely disappointed to find that the indicating needle appeared to be stuck, pointing to the sector marked “HURRICANE”.
After shaking the barometer several times, he posted a scathing review. The following evening when he returned from work, he found not only the barometer missing, but his house also. The barometer’s needle had been right – there was a hurricane.
God points to his Son. What God says about his Son, we accept as true. Jesus Christ is the Son of God whom God sent into the world to save us. This we believe. God is trustworthy.
Question #1: Can you think of anything God said that you cannot trust?
Question #2: Can you think of anything God said that he calls you to trust him for?
This is God’s Word for you today,