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Too Good to be True?

​We're all familiar with the phrase, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Typically it is used in regard to a financial opportunity but sometimes it's even said about a person. It's frequently uttered as a warning from one friend to another to stay away from something that gives the appearance of being the best thing that could ever happen in one's life but, in actuality, could be quite the opposite. To be sure, the world is full of scams and con artists. Just ask those who have given bank account information to an "official" in Nigeria or who believe they have met Mr. Right or Miss Right, only to discover upon closer examination that they were not anything close to the wonderful people they had been portraying themselves to be.

Yes, some things and some people are "too good to be true." Sadly, the excessive number of these things and people has caused many of us to become skeptical. Our jaded outlook leads us to doubt if there really is anything or anyone who is absolutely good. The fact is, there is One who is good and true. The Bible says in Psalm 34:8, "Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" In John 17:3, the Lord is called "the only true God."

Not only is God good and true, but His blessings are as well. He has promised daily provision for those who seek Him above the world (Matthew 6:33). He has promised peace that passes understanding for those who pursue Him (Philippians 4:6-7). He has promised that He will never leave the side of those who walk with Him (Hebrews 13:5). When His people seek Him in faith and according to His will, He hears and gives to them generously (James 1:5). Above all, He has taken away the past sins of those who have obeyed His Gospel (Romans 6:3,4) and promised eternity in heaven for the faithful through Jesus Christ (II Timothy 4:8).

If anything ever sounded too good to be true, it is the description of our God in the previous paragraph, especially considering that, because of our sins, we don't deserve any of those blessings (Isaiah 59:1,2; Romans 3:10-12). And yet, the love of our God triumphs over our sins when we obey Him. Even when we turn away from Him, He still remains true (Romans 3:4) and stands ready to receive us if we will turn back toward Him (Matthew 23:37).

There is no God like the one good and true God of whom we read in the Bible. As He Himself said, "Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other." (Isaiah 45:22). "I am God, and there is none like Me." (Isaiah 46:9). He offers a life of blessing to those who will humble themselves before Him and obey His Gospel (Romans 10:17; John 8:24; Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38) and then remain faithful to Him (Revelation 2:10). No matter how skeptical you might be of the "deals" that mankind offers or no matter how many times you have been "burned" by deceivers in this world, be confident that God offers nothing that is too good to be true. All of His blessings are real. "Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 'The LORD is my portion,' says my soul, 'Therefore I hope in Him!'” (Lamentations 3:22-24).

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