These are the words of James, the half-brother of Jesus, as he speaks about those good and perfect gifts coming down from the Father of lights to His children (James 1:17). He says that there is no variation or shifting shadow, in other words, God offers consistent grace, ongoing gift-giving, and never-changing goodness to the one who asks for it in faith. The context of this statement goes back up to 1:5-6,
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”
Do you see it? See the contrast? Left to ourselves and our thinking, we are tossed around by the waves of emotion and circumstance, human reasoning and the latest news article, but God is rock-solid! He doesn’t read the paper and change His policy, put his finger up in the wind to see which decision will gain Him the greatest popularity … with Him there is no variation or shifting shadow. James describes the man left to his own wisdom as “unstable in all his ways.” My friends, the answer to instability, to ever changing circumstances and the highs and lows of our emotions is always the unchanging God who has delivered unchanging facts that render unalterable salvation to those who believe.
Thanks Jeff for calling us to this Life on the Rock, may we dig down to the bedrock and daily build our foundation there!
Digging with you,