Time for MONDAY MANNA, hosted by our very own Joanne at An Open Book. Check it out.

Does God "fudge" a little? Exaggerate? Understate?

We often act as though he does. That's what got Eve into trouble a way back in the Garden of Eden. Satan remarks: "Did God REALLY mean to say that…" She swallowed the doubt; hook, line, and little, wriggly worm. Unfortunately she wasn't the first, and she won't be the last, to not take God seriously when he says something.

Balaam was a little dense, but he wasn't stupid. After God make an "ass" out of him by speaking to him through the mouth of his donkey (Numbers 22), the prophet finally delivered the message to Balak that he couldn't possibly curse the nation that God has chosen to bless.

"God is not a man, that he should lie [ouch!],nor the son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" —Numbers 23:19.

If God did "fudge," or exaggerate or understate, or plain, downright lie, we would have no one who was completely trustworthy, and no absolutes in life. Chaos would certainly reign. That thought is scary beyond belief.

I am reminded of the words to an old hymn:

"We have an anchor
That keeps the soul,
Steadfast and sure,
While the billows roll
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior's love

Now that a personal security plan that can't be breached.

*(We Have An Anchor, Priscilla J. Owens, 1882)


  1. I LOVE knowing that we have that amazing Anchor. Thanks for participating, dear Lynda.

  2. Very good point about Adam and Eve. I never thought about it that way. It really is like the root of sin is not believing God means what He says.

  3. Very true, God always means just what He says and we always ought to take Him seriously. Thankfully He loves us and is patient!


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