In the Book of James, the author teaches on the slippery slope concerning temptation and sin. At the end of that section, he reminds believers about the greater nature of gifts given by God compared to the lesser value of offerings given by the world.
Read James 1:17 and look for key words or phrases.
Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. -James 1:17
When I read the Bible, I have to get practical. I try to break things down and see what I need to do about it. In fact, at our church, we give 3 questions for Bible reading plans:
- What does this passage say about God?
- What does this passage say about us?
- What are we to do about it?
Look at that verse and think through each of those questions.
I want to invite you to pray and thank God for being this good Father, but before you do, I want you to really think about these 3 questions:
- What are 3 generous acts or perfect gifts that God has given you?
- What does it mean that there is “no variation” with our Father?
- What does it mean that there is no “shadow cast” by his turning?
Take some time to thank God for his consistency in your life.
Be honest with him concerning your needs today acknowledging that he is near and available to help. Everything he gives is good. Everything you have that is good came from him. He is consistent. He is present. Before another moment slips away in your day, thank him for that reality!