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.
James 1:17 (ESV)
Seeing that Thanksgiving was last week, I think it’s always a good practice to take an account for what God has given us. It’s my opinion that everyone has something, big or small, that they can be thankful for. For some people, it’s a raise at work, or maybe it’s their families. For others, it might be a roof over their heads, or simply that they woke up today. We all have something to be thankful for.
I think it’s very easy for me to take advantage of how blessed I am. Even worse, at times I may take credit for the goodness in my life. If I do well at work or receive a financial blessing, by my own nature I might give myself a pat on the back for working hard, or I may think that God has blessed me because of how awesome I am. However, if I know one thing to be true, it’s that everything good comes from God, not from me. The Bible tells us “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The Bible also says that “the wages of sin are death” (Romans 6:23a). This means that each and every one of us have earned death. Anything more than that is a gift from God. At first, that thought kind of bums me out. But it’s actually something to celebrate. We can’t be perfect. We can’t earn our way into heaven. However, we can marvel at how generous God is with us. We can worship Him by recognizing the fact that everything good comes from Him, and we can be thankful because of it.
The second part of James 1:17 is just as important. “There is no variation or shadow due to change.” God doesn’t vary. He has never changed, and he never will change. The God who appointed King David and the God who escorted the Jews out of Egypt, is the same God who loves and blesses you (whether big or small). He is consistent. He is unchanging. He hears your prayers, and the goodness in your life comes from His generosity. This week, join me in thankfulness for that awesome fact.