God is Good!
James 1:17 says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
One of Satan’s greatest tricks is to make a Christian doubt something; for example he made eve doubt what God had said. When Christians go through a rough time Satan will sneak up to them and whisper in their ear ‘If God loved you, why are you going through this; surely if He loved you like He says He does this wouldn’t be happening’. What’s that old serpent doing? He’s trying to make you doubt Gods love for you! Everything God says Satan is trying to undermine and convince you otherwise. Warren W. Wiersbe says “the goodness of God is a great barrier against yielding to temptation”. Due to Gods goodness we do not need anyone else (including Satan) to meet our needs. Wiersbe continues “it is better to be hungry in the will of God than full outside the will of God”. However because of Gods goodness Satan will try his best to tell us otherwise and if we start to doubt Gods goodness it is then that we will be attracted to Satan’s offers and our sinful nature will reach out and take the bait.
Deuteronomy 6:10-12 says “10 And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, 11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; 12Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.”
Here Moses is giving a warning to Israel. He’s saying that God is going to lead them into the Promised Land and give them great cities, full houses, wells, vineyards and olive trees, all of which they had nothing to do with but that they must beware that they don’t forget the Lord which brought them into that land out of bondage. Moses is saying not to enjoy the gift so much that you forget the person who gave it to you. They were to not forget God’s goodness when they started to enjoy the blessings. I think we need this same lesson is our generation and lives.
In James 1:17 four parts are present. The first part is “every good gift”. God gives only good gifts, it is fair to say that everything good in this world comes from God. If it did not come from God, then it is not good. For example life was given by God, life is good; on the other hand death was brought about by man, death is bad. Whatever comes from God is good, even if we do not see its goodness immediately. Referring back to yesterday we saw that trials work patience. Trials when they come may not seem good but in the end their effect and goodness can be clearly seen. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 says:
7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Here we see that Paul was given an infirmity which he had asked God to remove but God had said to him that through weakness His strength was made perfect because of His sufficient grace. Therefore Paul said he would rather glory in his infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon him. Paul went on to say he took pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions and in distresses for Christ’s sake because when he is weak in the body then he is strong through Christ. Although Paul’s infirmities seemed like a strange gift from God that may not have appeared good it turned out to be a great blessing to Paul.
The second part is “every perfect gift”. This differs from every good gift when the original Greek is referred to. The first gift mentioned was talking of the actual gift whereas this gift is talking about the giving of the gift. Firstly we saw that what God gives is good and now we see that the way God gives the gift is good too. It is easy to give a gift in an unloving manner which can diminish the value of the gift; no matter how nice the gift may be, if it’s given in the wrong manner it loses all meaning. However we see that God gives his gifts perfectly. He does it with love and grace which only adds more meaning to it.
The third part is “is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights”. We see that every good gift given in a good manner comes from a good place! It comes from above, from the Father of lights. Light in the bible is often a picture of goodness or purity and we see here that God is the father of it. I like the phrase cometh down. It doesn’t say came down, it says cometh. The good gifts from God are like water in a water fall, it just keeps coming down! God doesn’t give occasionally; He gives constantly. Even when we cannot see the gifts he is sending we can be sure in the promise that God is sending them, even if we don’t realise their goodness at the time.
The fourth and last part is “with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”. God doesn’t change. There can’t be any shadows with the father of lights! One of the things that God can’t do is change. He cannot change for the worse because He is Holy and He cannot change for the better because He is already perfect. For an example think about the sun; the light from the sun varies according to the earth’s movement; but the sun itself never stops shining. If shadows come between us and the father we can be sure that God did not put them there. He is the unchanging God. We should never question or doubt His love or goodness when difficulties come or temptations arise. God is always going to be what He says He is; we are the problem.
If you’re going through difficulty or temptations, if you feel there is a shadow between you and God, then I urge you to remember that God will never change. His love and goodness will never waver or cease. God is who He says he is. Search your own heart and you will soon discover the problem. Believe and know that every good gift is given in a good way from a good place from a good person who is altogether good and unchangeable. Trust in His goodness. You may not see the goodness at the moment, but be comforted in the fact that God is raining his good gifts upon you. Like Paul, know that in your weakness of body your strength in Christ is perfect. Soon enough you will see what good God is doing. – Andrew
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