The Truthfulness of God, God is the True God.
“But the Lord is the true God.”
We live in the age of imitations, knockoffs and reproductions. Walk down the street of any tourist destination and one can find a host of vendors selling knockoffs that bear the name and appearance of their famous counterparts. However, look closely and you will find that they are forgeries lacking the quality that marks their more expensive counterpart.
We also live in the age of religious imitations. Today, in our post-modern worldview, all religions are seen to be equally valid. The mantra of the day is, “all religions lead to the same God, so it does not matter what you believe, it only matters that you believe.” To say that there is only one God and one way to God is seen as arrogant and exclusionary.
But we are no different than the past. Throughout the history of humanity there has always been a plethora of religious views. It was no different in the time of Jeremiah, in which the Israelites were adopting the religious practices and beliefs of other people. Consequently, the prophet Jeremiah arrives and, in a satiric fashion, reveals the folly of the other religions and the genuineness of God. For Jeremiah, comparing the religions of the surrounding nations to the God of the Bible was like comparing a $50 Rolex imitation to the real Rolex that costs thousands of dollars. There just is no comparison. Compared to the God of the Bible, the other gods are nothing more than “scarecrows in a cucumber field” (vs 5).
To affirm that God is a God of truth, is to affirm that he is the one and only true God. He is genuine, real, and not a fabrication of our imagination. All other gods are mere caricatures of the real thing. In the end they are truly empty for they cannot save and are merely the inventions of humanity to be a substitute for God. To say that all religions lead to the same God is like saying all watches are Rolexes. They may look similar, but in the end, there are vastly different. What distinguishes the God of the Bible and the gods of other religions is not the external forms, but the nature and character of God. God alone is the living God and everlasting King who created the universe and will bring just and righteous judgment upon the earth (10-11). Thus, the question we must ask ourselves is not, “Do I believe in God?”; but, “What God do I believe in?” The Lord is the one true God (verse 10).
When we face trials in our life, it strips away the non-essentials and confronts us with what is important and what we really believe in. If we have not accepted the triune God revealed in the Bible, then we are following a myth that will not lead us to God, but away from him. It is to follow that which makes promises, but cannot deliver. All religions do not lead to God, for Christ himself stated, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes through the father except through me (John 14:6). There is only one God and only one way to God. The first step in the journey is to acknowledge that the God of the Bible is the only true God. This is what gives us certainty and hope. For we do not worship and believe in a dream or hope. Our faith is riveted in a real person who is True and is the source of all truth. This is what gives us confidence in uncertain times.