“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.”
Growing up, we were told that the Sun rises in the East and sets in the West.
However, we should know by now that the Sun neither rises nor sets. The Sun is motionless and steadily committed to beaming light.
We perceive it to rise and set because our planet rotates. There appears to be an important lesson here about the knowledge of God.
Today’s text, as many others uses light to describe the knowledge of God. First it calls God the Father of Lights.
Just like the Sun amongst other heavenly bodies, God’s wisdom and knowledge ranks way higher than that of man.
The light of God is qualified in today’s text. James says, it has no variableness- change or alteration.
God’s counsel has always been the same from beginning of time- Steadfast and sure.
Also, we are told that there are no shadows of turning with God. This is a clear allusion to the different shade or shadow cast by the sun from an object, in its various revolutions, in rising and setting, and in its changes at the different seasons of the year. God, the Bible says, is as the sun at noon day.
God never changed. He wasn’t different under the law. Whatever appears to be a shadow (or an inconsistent portrayal of the character of God) will be as a result of our own perspectives.
There are some dispositions that appear to turn their back on the light of God’s word. Therein lies the shadows. From us..never from God.
God never changed. His nature is consistent. He is always good. He is always love. His light ever shines like the noon day sun.