“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.” – James 1:17
Dissecting this verse we see three main points being presented for your mind to absorb. The first is that God is not only good, but perfect. His ways are perfect, His reasons are perfect, His wisdom is perfect, His very nature is perfect, and all of His perfection is focused on producing that which is good. That which is good for us, that which is good in us, and that which is good through us, it all comes from Him. Even when we don’t like what He’s doing are saying, it is still what’s good for us and for the good of good in the end, that perfection might be restored to His perfect work in His perfect time through His perfect ways.
“As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” – Psalms 18:30
No matter what it feels like, sounds like, or looks like to us, we should trust God who has a much grander perspective then we ever could. This is why scripture tells us that not only are God’s ways perfect, but they are so much higher then our ways, and His thoughts are far above our thoughts. Which leads us to the second point being made in our opening verse.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9
When James refers to God as “The Father of Lights“, he is pointing out the reality of God’s grandness and mighty, unimaginable, incomprehensible, omnipotent power. Because God is so humble that He makes Himself personal to us, we tend to humanize Him. We imagine His power and presence in human scopes. We see Him in relation to human grandeur, like a King or great Father. This verse, however wants us to step back and see God from a grander perspective then the human one. It wants us to see God as He really is. He is not just our Creator, Supplier, Lord, and Father from a tiny humans view point; He is also the “Father of Lights“. This is a reference to creation in which God is not only our Creator and Father, but He is the Creator and Father of the sun, moon, and stars also. He is the Father of light itself. When we step back and see Him in all of His grandeur through the perspective of His true magnitude, we can say:
“Wow, is anything too hard for Him? Surely He is able! My tiny perspective is humbled by His grand presence which created, sees, tends to, and over shadows all with the glory of His majesty. Seeing Him as Big as He really is my issue is made small, my understanding insignificant, and my arguments ridiculous. I humble and simply put my trust in Him.”
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.” – Genesis 1:14-16
The last point being made here is that though we can’t hope to fully understand God in all of His ways since He sees, knows, and reacts to things that we do not, we can trust Him in all of His ways because God is unchanging and there is no “variableness” in Him. We can look to the testimonies of old, from the Old Testament, to the New Testament, to the saints of old, to experiences in our own lives to see that God truly knows best and has your best interest at heart. From this eternal truth we can derive the common phrase, “All I have seen, teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen“.
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:28-31
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” – Jeremiah 32:27
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26 “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.” – James 1:17