James 1:17 – Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

I love the way the Lord constantly goes out of His way to show Himself to the world. You ever wonder how long the sun has been shining. It is constant, consistent, and unrelenting. It is a great picture of the radiant light that shines continually from the Lord. The Message Bible states this verse like this, “Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle”. But just like any picture of the Lord it is imperfect at best. The sun is limited in its radiance, as James says, there are shadows of turning with the sun that are non-existent with the Lord. His rays are more uniform and encompassing than the rays of the sun. Here is how Albert Barnes describes this characteristic of the Lord.

“(The sun) rises and sets; it crosses the line, and seems to go far to the south, and sends its rays obliquely on the earth; then it ascends to the north, recrosses the line, and sends its rays obliquely on southern regions. By its revolutions it produces the changes of the seasons, and makes a constant variety on the earth in the productions of different climates. In this respect God is not indeed like the sun. With him there is no variableness, not even the appearance of turning. He is always the same, at all seasons of the year, and in all ages; there is no change in his character, his mode of being, his purposes and plans. What he was millions of ages before the worlds were made, he is now; what he is now, he will be countless millions of ages hence. We may be sure that whatever changes there may be in human affairs; whatever reverses we may undergo; whatever oceans we may cross, or whatever mountains we may climb, or in whatever worlds we may hereafter take up our abode, God is the same.”

There is a constancy with God that is called in the scripture, light. He is the light of the world. It’s in His light we see light or revelation that is the source of all our life. In Him there are no shadows or changes, He brings light and awakening to every part of our lives.


  1. Sitting and meditating on this word with you this morning Pastor. I consider how we cannot look directly at the Sun, and how direct sunlight, especially here in the desert, would soon consume us. Sunlight in a blessing to us based on a balance of what is reflected and absorbed. In the natural world, we see by what is reflected, but we are sustained by what is absorbed by the creation that surrounds us. This is truly a picture of Christ’s church. We know the Lord personally, but even more so by what we see reflected of Him in the people we surround our self. We are sustained not only by what we absorb of His Life, but what others have received and share with us as the very gifts of God. He has given us access among those who abide.
    He has quickened us together, he has raised us up together, and has seated us together in heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 2:5&6.

    O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name TOGETHER. Psalm 34:3.

    As to the title you chose for today, penetrating every crack and crevice is a property of water. The Word of God is the water of heaven.
    Thank God, for:

    The entrance of thy words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple.
    Psalm 119:130.

    With simplicity and godly sincerity,
    brother Jim

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