So, confession time: I recently aspired to enlist with the US National Guard as a non-combatant, a trained Chaplain’s assistant, with the intention of getting my seminary degree and then go on to become a Chaplain. I prayed about my path, sought a clear answer from God, could’ve sworn that He was directing me to the Guard as my career path. Come to find out, I can’t enlist. Long story short, I have a shady background that most employers look at and laugh and send me on my way.
That’s just about what the National Guard did to me. They took one look at my record and said no.
(Disclaimer: While I have no problems discussing my background, largely because it highlights God moving in my life, this is neither the time nor place to tell you all about it.)
Well, anyway, here’s the first thought that ran through my mind when the Guard said no:
God lied to me.
I was so certain that the Guard was where God was leading me, directing me to go into the Guard and serve my country. The call was so clear, the voice and direction so sure, and I believed it. And it all fell through.
God lied to me. Right?
Wrong. I realize that now and I have repented of this lie I was allowing the enemy, Satan and his minions, to plant in my mind.
We’ve all been there. We’ve all be to that place where we feel God has given us a clear cut answer or direction, believed it with all we are, stepped out in faith, and acted on what we heard/believed, only to fall flat on our faces, looking like a joke.
And we all, at one point or another, believe that God lied to us. But He didn’t
How do you overcome that? How do you reconcile what you believe God commanded and the failure you faced following that command? How do you recover from the thought, “God lied to me”?
1. Repent of your belief that God lied to you.
I wasn’t going to put this as number one, but it is essential. You are believing a lie about God. You are probably lashing out at God because you believe the lie that God lied to you. Your faith is crumbling around you because you are allowing the enemy to work his deception in you.
You have to first repent of that thought and belief that God lied to you and throw yourself at the mercy of your Creator and God. Let Him heal you of your unbelief and let His love and mercy wash over you.
2. Remind yourself of the truths about God in the Bible.
One of the biggest things anyone needs to do is constantly remind themselves of who God is. Why? Because we constantly are turning from God every single day, and every moment of our day, if we are not continually reminded of who He is and what He has done.
It is the same here. You need to see what His word, the Bible, says about Him and His truthfulness.
Here are a few passages to help you remember God’s truthfulness:
“‘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?'” – Numbers 23:19
“Whatever is good and perfect comes from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” – James 1:17
“‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life…'” – John 14:6
“…does that mean that God will be unfaithful? Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him, ‘You will be proved right in what you say and you will win your case in court.'(Psalm 51:4)” – Romans 3:3b-4
It is essential to remember who God is.
“O LORD, God of Israel, there is no god like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.” – 1 Kings 8:23
3. Ask God to reveal His Truth
While it is important to remind yourself of God’s truth, you must ask God to reveal His truth and His truthfulness and faithfulness to you.
Ask Him wholeheartedly and wait for his answer. As Balaam made it known in the passage from Numbers above, God does not speak then change His mind. He always follows through.
So, how do I reconcile what I heard as God’s command with the fact that I didn’t get accepted into the National Guard? I didn’t hear God.
I wanted so badly for that to be my path, my next step in life, that I convinced myself that it was the will of God and acted on that belief, even though it was a lie.
4. Ask God to Clarify/Verify what you heard
It is of utmost importance that when you are seeking God’s will for your life and what path He wants you to take, that when you receive an answer that just so happens to align perfectly with what *YOU* want to be your next step, ask God to clarify what you just heard.
A lot of people will equate this as testing God, but it is rather a way of verifying God’s command. Gideon did it and lived. Why can’t we?
Ask God to show some other sort of sign or evidence to clarify the answer you received so that you are certain it is from God and not your own will speaking or, worse, the devil and his minions trying to get you to make a fool of God or disbelieve in Him.
Remember, my friends, God doesn’t lie. He is truth and the Father of truth. Trust Him.
This is what the Sovereign LORD says.