James 1:17: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
What an amazing truth claim in Scripture! God is good gift giver, and He doesn’t change. God is the source of all blessings. We should give Him thanks more often than we do. This also means that since God is good, we don’t need to look anywhere else to have our needs met. Warren Wiersbe says, “God’s gifts are always better than Satan’s bargains. Satan never gives gifts because you end up paying dearly for them in the end.” On the other hands, God’s gifts are always free. And they are wonderful! There is no greater gift that we have been offered than the forgiveness that comes through Jesus. Jesus, God in human flesh, came to us and lived perfectly according to God’s design. Jesus came to rescue us, to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He took our sin to the cross, paying the penalty of our sin by his death. Jesus was then raised from the dead to provide the only way for us to be rescued and restored to a relationship with God.
What do we have to do to receive this gift? Simply believe!
The second truth claim is that God doesn’t change. Theologians call this the “immutability” of God. God is not a yo-yo; He doesn’t go up and down, round and round. He is steady. He is constant. This means we can depend implicitly on God.
Listen to Numbers 23:19:
“God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?”
God gives good gifts to His children. God doesn’t change. Awesome.
Some questions for you to consider:
For what do you need to thank God?
Where are you looking for your needs to be met?
Have you received the free gift of grace and forgiveness from the Heavenly Father?
Do you believe that God is unchanging? What comfort does that bring to you, today?