THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
“so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.”
Hebrews 6:18 ESV
ANCHOR OF HIS HONESTY
A Christian man made a trip to Russia in 1993. He felt conspicuous walking down the streets of Moscow and could not figure out why. He wanted to blend in, but it was obvious that people knew he was not Russian. He asked the group of Russian educators with whom he was working whether it was his American clothes: jeans and a Chicago Bulls shirt. “No, it’s not your clothes,” they replied. “What is it, then?” he asked. They huddled together and talked for several minutes. Then one, speaking for the group, answered politely, “It is your face.” “My face!” he laughed. “How does my face look different?” They talked again and then one of the teachers quietly said, “You have hope.” (World Magazine)
One of the reasons we can have hope in the middle of the storms of life is because God can’t lie. If God lied, He would deny His very nature as the God of truth, whose very word is truth. We’re all prone to bend the truth when it suits our purposes. We don’t want to look bad, and so we tell “little white lies.” We “overlook” reporting things on our income tax forms that would cost us more in taxes. We withhold the truth when it is to our advantage to keep things under cover. Yet, God can’t even tell a little white lie. So when He promises us He will never leave us or forsake us He is bound to keep His word.
Does your face have hope? If not, what is it that has you discouraged? Ask God what promises He has made that might give you hope about your situation. Ask God to let the hope He gives you show on your face.