The Wickedness of Unbelief: Making God a Liar
By A. W. Tozer
. . .He that believeth not God hath made Him a liar,
because he believeth not the record that God gave
of his Son. 1 John 5:10
True faith must always rest upon what God is, so it is of
utmost importance that, to the limit of our comprehension,
we know what He is.
The psalmist said: "They that know thy name will put
their trust in Thee," the name of God being the verbal
expression of His character, and confidence always rises
or falls with known character.
What the psalmist said was simply that they who
know God to be the kind of God He is, will put their
confidence in Him! This is not a special virtue, but the
normal direction any mind takes when confronted with
the fact. We are so made that we trust good character
and distrust its opposite, and that is why unbelief is so
The character of God, then, is the Christian's final
ground of assurance and the solution of many, if not
most, of his practical religious problems.
Though God dwells in the center of eternal mystery,
there need be no uncertainty about how He will act in
any situation covered by His promises. These promises
are infallible predictions. God will always do what He
has promised to do when His conditions are met. And
His warnings are no less predictive: "The ungodly shall
not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congrega-
tion of the righteous" Ps. 1:5.
We cultivate our knowledge of God and at the same
time cultivate our faith. Yet while so doing we look not
at our faith but at Christ, its author and finisher!
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.