Read James 1:16-18
“Don’t be deceived, dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.”
God is responsible for every good and perfect gift, but why is it important that God will never change? I love how AW Tozer talks about our unchanging God in his book Knowledge of the Holy:
“What peace it brings to the Christian’s heart to realize that our Heavenly Father never differs from himself. In coming to Him at any time we need not wonder whether we shall find Him in a receptive mood. He is always receptive to misery and need, as well as to love and faith. He does not keep office hours nor set aside periods when He will see no one. Neither does He change his mind about anything. Today, at this movement, He feels toward His creatures, toward babies, toward the sick, the fallen, the sinful, exactly as He did when He sent His only begotten Son into the world to die for mankind.”
And in the same chapter that talks about God’s unchanging nature, Tozer talks about the advantage of human beings’ ability to change:
“Yet as much as we deplore the lack of stability in all earthly things, in a fallen world such as this the very ability to change is a golden treasure, a gift from God of such fabulous worth as to call for constant thanksgiving. For human beings, the whole possibility of redemption lies in their ability to change.”
Friends – we can change.
We are not stuck in our sin and there is a way through the trials and tribulations we suffer. His name is Jesus – and God loved you so much that he gave him to you, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life!
“Dear God, thank you for not leaving me to sin and suffering, but showing me the way to overcome the challenges in my life and clearly see the path. Thank you for providing Jesus: the way, the truth and the life. I pray for wisdom in the coming days and that you would use me to minister to others, even as I have been ministered to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.