November 5, 2023

No Variation

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”—James 1:17

In this verse, James used three keywords to describe the nature of God. These are the words here translated as “variation,” “shadow,” and “turning.” These particular Greek words are used here for the only time in the Bible.

James used these words to help us understand that there is no variation with God. He Himself declared, “I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6).

With God, there is no “shadow of turning.” As we think about shadows, we realize they never remain constant but change from moment to moment. They change with the movement of the sun or how objects move.

In contrast, there is no variation with God. People may disappoint us or fall short. They may ignore or reject us. Circumstances might change. We might have needs that seem overwhelming. But in every situation, we can count on God.

What challenges do you face? What needs do you have? The Bible reminds us that God does not waver. People may disappoint you or fall short, but you can always depend on Him. He never changes. His Word is timeless and perpetually true. His principles always apply.

Right now, remember these fundamental truths. These are timeless principles. God always is for you. He is always on your side. He longs to take your burdens, meet your needs, and fill your life with peace and joy. He is waiting to hear from you right now.

Reflection Question: What variable circumstances are you facing right now?

Prayer
Father, thank You that there is no variableness or shadow of turning with You. Your Word is true, and I depend on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
James 1


Prayer
Father, thank You that there is no variableness or shadow of turning with You. Your Word is true, and I depend on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
James 1