“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
Scripture has established that God gives good gifts because He is good. (Matthew 7:11). After reading some commentaries on the verse, I believe I had a revelation. James gives us clues to God's spiritual nature through illustrations in the physical realm. As beings with ever-shifting thoughts and emotions, it can be hard to remember that we serve an unchanging master. When I picture the Father of 'light,' I imagine the source of a warm glow, but I can't see what it is. Could it be a lightbulb, a candle, a fireplace, or a lantern? Perhaps James intentionally uses the plural form of the word 'light' to challenge the imagination.
When I envision the Father of 'lights' in the context of creation, I think of celestial bodies. The sun, moon, and stars are always in the sky, but at times they become invisible because of our planet's position. In this case, God gave the world a good gift when He hung the stars to burn brightly for His glory! When the earth rotates and turns away from the sun, darkness prevails, and the only lights we see are the moon and stars. During the lunar cycle, we can only see a part of the moon at certain times.
With God, there is no shadow or variation due to change. He doesn't disappear when we turn away from Him, nor does he cease to exist in times of darkness. What a gift to learn about Christ through His creation! (Thank you, Holy Spirit, for helping me understand this scripture in a new way!)
"HE DOESN'T DISAPPEAR WHEN WE TURN AWAY FROM HIM, NOR DOES HE CEASE TO EXIST IN TIMES OF DARKNESS."
LORD, thank you for never changing. Thank you for giving wisdom and understanding to those who ask for it. Please continue to fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me to receive you afresh, daily. Your goodness never ceases to amaze me!