Good and perfect gifts

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
(James 1:17 (NIV))

Are you the same person that you were ten years ago? Do you still look upon things the same way that you did ten years ago? Looking back, think of the things that you used to consider to be good in your life. Has your opinion of these things changed? Has your opinion shifted with time?

Humanity is a funny creation. We have a tendency to shift with time. We have a tendency to change, yet, claim that we do not. Think about that. We even lie to ourselves. Eventually, we will come to the conclusion that we have changed, but only reluctantly. I honestly think that we admit that we have changed because of our change in physical abilities. When we were young enough to be able to stay up all night, we thought nothing of it. As we grow older, and our stamina has diminished, we may find ourselves saying that old saying that “Nothing good happens after midnight.”

We have shifted in our opinion of what is good.

Does God ever change? Does God’s definition of good shift with time? There are many passages that say that He does not, but my favorites sum it up best.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
(John 1:1-5 (NIV))

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
(Hebrews 13:8 (NIV))

God has been since the beginning of time. Jesus was with God. He was God. He is God. He never changes. God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Now, I want you to honestly think about the good things in your life. Think about them from God’s perspective. Have they changed? I honestly can say that what God has placed in my life that He has called good,, is still good. The number of these things may have changed with time, but God’s definition of good has not changed.

Do you consider life to be good? What about family? What about love? What about friendship? What about God’s grace and salvation? What about the gift of Jesus?

Have any gifts that you call good truly come from anyone else but God?

Praise God for His good and perfect gifts!

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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