For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 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. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:13-20
We are told that God can do all things but in today’s verses we are told it is impossible for God to lie. So which is it, can God do everything or is He limited? When I read today’s verse I was taken back to my freshman philosophy class when the grad student teaching the class gave us this old chestnut, “can God create a rock so heavy that He cannot lift it?” Of course this was to show that an all-powerful God could not exist because a) if He could not create that heavy rock He could not do all things and b) if he could not lift the rock He created He again was limited in power. To the freshman ear this sounded convincing. Who could argue with such logic?
Turns out I can as well as countless others. God can do all things that are in His nature and are rational. God cannot create a four sided triangle because by definition a triangle always have three sided and anything with four sides is a quadrilateral. A four sided triangle cannot logically exist. Same is true for a square circle. A circle is a circle and a square is a square and one cannot logically be the other. As to the rock, the issue is not can God but why would God? For God to create such a rock is a logical impossibility.
What about lying? Once again God can do all things according to His nature. God is love and to lie is not loving. Yes we justify little white lies as just being kind but in fact lies are lies and not truth. True love is truth. God because He loves us will not and cannot lie to us. He will always tell us the truth. Yes, sometime we do not want to hear the truth but even those times we need to know what is true and what is false.
When God promised Abraham that nations would be blessed through him I doubt that Abraham thought it would take thousands of years for that promise to come to fruition. Still long after Abraham had left this earth God kept His promise. For you and me that is a comfort because we know that God will keep His promise to us. We may break our promises to God but He will never break His promise to us. It is not His nature to lie. That is our nature.
Have a blessed day,