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God Is So Good All The Time
 
"God is so Good,                 
God is so Good,                  
God is so Good,
He's so Good to me.
 
He answers prayer,
He answers prayer,
He answers prayer,
He's so Good to me.
 
He gives me peace,
He gives me peace,
He gives me peace,
He's so Good to me."  
 
James 1:17 says - "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." 
                                              
As the songwriter so aptly penned it - "God is Good all the time." In fact, He is the Author, Father, Fountain, and Source of all Good. On the other hand, we can say that that which is evil stems from the devil and man.
 
The Apostle James mentions "every good gift" and "every perfect gift." What is the difference? Don't they have similar meanings?
 
Actually, they don't. The "good gift" is benevolent in its character and tendency; whereas, the "perfect gift" is that which is lacking in no parts - it is entire and complete.
 
The word used for "good" means that which is useful, pleasant, agreeable, honorable, excellent, or upright. The word used for "perfect" means that which is finished or wanting nothing for completion.

When joined together, we see that the Apostle James is saying in essence that God is the source of all goodness and perfection.

Notice these gifts are said to come "from above."  The Apostle James used this terminology again in Chapter 3 when speaking of wisdom.
In James 3:15, he mentioned - "This wisdom descendeth not from above..." Then, in James 3:17, he identified another kind of wisdom - "But the wisdom that is from above..."
                                                                                                             
In the Gospel of John, we see that Jesus also made this clear-cut distinction between that which is "from above" and that which is "from beneath" "And He said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world"(John 8:23)

Certain things are given "from above."
 
In John 3:27, John the Baptist is recorded as saying - "...A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven." Of course, John was referring here to "every good gift" and "every perfect gift."
 
Acts 5:31 tells us that God exalted Jesus to be a Prince and a Saviour to "give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins." Repentance and forgiveness of sins are definitely "good gifts" and "perfect gifts"  that come "from above."
 
The often quoted Scripture - Romans 6:23 - says - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Eternal life is a "good gift" and a "perfect gift" that comes "from above."
 
Romans 12:6 says - "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us..." The grace of God is another example of a "good gift" and a "perfect gift" that comes "from above."
 
In Daniel 2:21, the Prophet Daniel prophesied of the Lord God Who "...giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding." Wisdom and Knowledge are two very "good gifts" and "perfect gifts" that come "from above."
 
In Daniel 2:22, Daniel testified of the Lord that "He revealeth the deep and secret things..." The revelation of deep and secret things is also a "good gift" and a "perfect gift" that comes "from above."
 
The list goes on and on. The Bible abounds with examples of those "good" and "perfect" gifts that come "from above."

We read further in James 1:17 that God is called the "Father of Lights." In other words, He is the source or originator of Light. 
 
Genesis 1:3 says - "And God said, Let there be Light..."
Isaiah 45:7 says - "I form the Light..."
 
So we see that Light stems from God. In the Bible it oftentimes represents knowledge, purity, and happiness. Resultantly, we see that God is then represented as being "Light." 
 
But it does not just stem from God; it comprises the very essence of His Being.
 
1 John 1:5 says - "...God is LIGHT, and in Him is no darkness at all."
In the Gospel of John, Chapter 1, Verse 9, Jesus is referred to as the "True Light."
In John 8:12, we read His outright statement - "...I am the Light of the world..."
1 Timothy 6:16 tells us that He is "dwelling in the Light which no man can approach unto..."
And again, in Psalm 84:11, He is referred to as a "Sun" which is the source of all Light.

However, even though God resembles the sun as the Source of all Light, yet He is contrasted with it in certain respects.
 
The sun has definite changes. It rises and sets. It does not shine on all parts of the world at the same time. Its revolutions produce the different seasons. Different bodies like the moon can come between the earth and the sun and obstruct its light.
 
Unlike the sun, God does not change. In Him there is no "variableness" nor "shadow of turning." He always remains the same throughout all the seasons of the year - even unto all the ages of time.
 
No matter what changes may come into our lives...what reverses we may suffer...or what oceans we may cross or mountains we may climb - God is always and forevermore the same.
 
He fills the heavens and the earth...is everywhere present...sees all...pervades all...and shines upon all at all times. There is no "variableness" with God - no change whatsoever for whatever reason. In fact, in Malachi 3:6, we read His words which say - "For I am the LORD, I change not..." There is no "shadow of turning" with Him. Nothing can shade us from His love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord - neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature(Romans 8:38-39). .
 
His love for us is constant - always the same.
 
Let's rejoice today that we serve a God Who is always the same. We may move or change in our relationship to Him, but He ever remains the same.

Let's also rejoice and be glad that He has blessed us with every "good" and "perfect" gift that is in Christ Jesus.
 
 
May God Bless His Word.
Connie