Each day in November, the Everyday Truth blog is looking at a different name for God and providing a family devotional for you to use with your kids. The goal is to keep our hearts focused on giving thanks to God during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.
Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever gotten caught telling a lie? How did you feel when you told the lie? How did you feel when you got caught?
Lying might seem like a good idea at the time you do it, but truth is always better. You see, the problem with lying is that once you tell one lie, a lot of times you have to tell more lies to cover up the first lie. After a while, you have so many lies that you can get confused and not even know what the truth is. Lying hurts others, and it doesn't make the person who lies feel all that great either.
Can you think of a way that telling a lie can hurt someone else? The Bible tells us that God is a God of truth. In the New King James translation of the Bible, Deuteronomy 32:4 says "He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He."
The past couple of days, we've talked about how God is unchanging and unmoveable -- like a rock. Today, we're learning that God is truth. That means He can't ever tell a lie. If God says it, then it has to be true. All of the promises in the Bible are true. When God said He loves you, He's not telling a lie. He loves you so much that He sent Jesus to die for you.
The stories about Jesus in the Bible aren't just made-up stories. They're true. We know that because God is a God of truth. When Jesus told us He is the only way to an everlasting relationship with God, it's true. God can't tell a lie.
It's important to be able to decide whether or not something is true. If we base our decisions about what is and is not true on God's truth, then we will be able to choose truth in every circumstance. The more we know about God and God's word, the easier it becomes for us to decide if something is true.
For example, let's play a little game. Have everyone in your family come up with two statements about themselves that are true, and one that is not. One at a time, tell your statements to the rest of the family and have them choose which statement is false.
How did you do? Were you able to pick out the false statements? How did you make those decisions? You probably based your decisions on what you knew about the person talking, right? The same thing is true when we're faced with a tough decision at school.
Say one of your friends says to you that it's ok to steal some candy off the teacher's desk because no one will ever know. It sounds good, right? If no one will ever find out, then what's the problem? If you know what God has to say about the subject, then you know that your friend's idea is a bad one. It's based in a lie. God says stealing is wrong -- no matter if anyone else knows about it or not. Knowing God and what He thinks about things helps you find the truth in a situation.
On your thankfulness tree leaves today, write down ways that you are thankful that God is a God of truth. It could be that knowing God is truth gives you a way to know right from wrong. Or it could be that knowing God is a God of truth gives us confidence to trust what God says. You can even be thankful that God's promises always happen. Hang your leaves on your tree.
Pray together as a family, thanking God for being a God of truth.