Today's devotion is based on James 1:17,18. "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the 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."
James reminds his readers that the God who created this universe and everything in it only and always gives good gifts. Shadows shift on earth as the sun glides across the sky, and the clouds may temporarily dim its light. But the sun itself and the live-sustaining heat it emits are not diminished. So also, our heavenly Father and his eternal love for us do not change just because the world casts shade on his word.
God gave his only Son, Jesus Christ, to be the Light of the world, revealing the Father's merciful heart with his sacrifice in our place. And he gives us new life, a spiritual rebirth, through the gift of faith in his Son. His love and perfect gifts, even though they might not seem that way, at times remain constant, even in the darkest days, even through all the twists and turns of life.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, when I am weary from all the changes of this life, keep my eyes focused on your unchanging love for me in Jesus. In his holy name, I pray. Amen.