The Communicable Attribute of Truthfulness (Faithfulness)
The communicable attribute of truthfulness (faithfulness) is the sound fact that every word of God is true. I intentionally use the word “sound” because it is pleasing to hear and comforting to know that not only is every word God has spoken true—He is the truth (John 14:6). That means he cannot lie. Numbers 23:19 says, God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
This attribute speaks to me the most because I am living in the full awareness of his truthfulness. Daily I recognize His faithfulness and fully praise Him with my whole heart, mind, and soul. His truthfulness has demolished satan’s plans to destroy my joy, peace, and confidence in God.
About 6 years ago, I was in a state of brokenness. I glorified my perceived failures by restating those things in my mind. I made my failure truth and completely ignored who God said He was and how He feels about me. But one day I decided to spend more time in prayer, worship and reading His Holy Word.
The more I read the bible, the more God revealed His faithfulness to me. He showed me that I am never alone, and He will never leave me or forsake me. He showed me that everything that was going on in my life was working for my good and that I am His child, a child of God.
There was a time when I felt alone. I was lonely, sad, and defeated. I lived in sadness instead of joy. My mouth was full of cries instead of praise. But God changed me. The more time I spent with Him in prayer, worship and reading His Word, He purified my mind and heart. I felt His presence, rather than dwelling in my feelings. The Bible says God inhabits the praises of His people. His word is true, so I kept a praise in my mouth. Whether I am alone or misunderstood, I know that God said in Hebrews 13:5, He will never leave me or abandon me.
Issues and discord were all around me. I wondered why God would allow me to experience such hardship, knowing I chose to live a sacrificial life dedicated to Him. I had the desire to live Holy and acceptable to Him, yet spiritual warfare visited me daily. But then I realized God’s faithfulness to my family and I throughout the years. I saw He had a greater calling on my life that required me to learn and grow in faith and in wisdom through trials. Romans 8:28 says, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
How blessed am I to have a calling on my life according to His purpose? How great can His purpose be, knowing that He is a great, mighty God? The Creator of the universe! Then my prayers were no longer focused on my desires alone—but His will.
He became bigger and bigger to me, and my identity became greater. I was no longer what man said, but who God said. I am a child of the Most High God. The truthfulness of God gave me the confidence and peace I never had before. I can now rest in storms and keep walking forward in troubled waters. God is the way, the truth, and the light.
The unchangeable nature of God guarantees that what He has proposed will be fulfilled by Him, for it is impossible for Him to lie (Hutabarat, 2015). So, the Bible will forever be fresh water for me. His Word restores my strength and increases my faith. It keeps me in the mind of Christ and not of this world.
Lastly, I realized that satan knows God’s truthfulness. That is why I was so easily distracted and believed I was too tired to pray or too busy to read scriptures. He has had thousands of years to practice twisting the truth to his own ends so he can attempt to tempt and trick us. (Morris, n.d.) I’m not fooled anymore and the moment I begin to think of myself contrary to the Word of God, the Holy Spirit quickens me and I get out of my feelings and into God’s presence. The truthfulness of God has set me completely free.
Hutabarat, R. M. (2015). The Incommunicable Natures of God: a Biblical Understanding. Retrieved 5 25, 2022, from https://jurnal.unai.edu/index.php/koinonia/article/view/193
Morris, R. (n.d.). Why Keep Praying? Retrieved 5 25, 2022, from http://www.faithgateway.com/keep-praying-god-changes-mind