James 1:16-18 (Devotional)


Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
(James 1:16-18 ESV)
When you get into a small boat and go out on the ocean it can seem like the whole world is moving. Or when you are little and you stretch out your arms and spin around until you become dizzy it seems like the world around you is still moving… But deep down you know that the world isn’t spinning, you are… and it is that simple knowledge that brings everything back into order. You just have to find dry land or stop spinning long enough for the world to look normal again.

The writer James reminds us not to be deceived. He keeps pointing us back to the character of God. Even though our circumstances have changed, God has not changed. The God of the mountaintops is still God in the valleys. He still loves you. He still watches over you. He still cares for you. Our trials are temporary. One day soon we will see things the way they really are.

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