September 14, 2016

A Good Father

We have a Good Father.

“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 (NKJV)

Every good gift. Every perfect gift.

As believers, we have a Good Father. Quite frankly, the best Father. We know that there is none greater than our Father God. But do we know that there is none better to us than our Father? Do we really understand, grasp how good Our Father God is too us?

He gives good gifts. He gave the greatest gift. He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, for you and I. Romans 8:32 says “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

Comes down from the Father of lights.

Now I have to confront the religious thought that creeps in at this point. The idea that everything that happens to me is God’s “idea” of good. Our Father does not have some twisted spin on good. Jesus made this point clear when He said:

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evilknow how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:7-12 NKJV)

With whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

We can start at the beginning of God’s Word and journey to the end to see time and time again that Our Father gives good gifts. He hasn’t changed. He won’t change. (Malachi 3:6) He heals the sick, restores the lost, mends the broken, frees the captives and makes the dead come alive.

I can’t explain to you how much this biblical perspective of Our Father and His Nature matters in framing our lives. If I know God, through His unchanging, inspired Word, then when the enemy comes in to try to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) I can identity the fox in the chicken coop.

I’ll no longer blame the work of satan on my good Father. No, we have a Good Father from whom all blessings flow.

Be encouraged, Beloved.

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