Trusting God — No Shadow of Turning
Trusting God

“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.”
(James 1:17)

Few things impact a person’s life more than their perception of God. An improper perspective of God skews every other aspect of one’s life, which is why much of the Bible is dedicated to describing the true nature of its Author.

Even in the book of Genesis, we can see both the immediate and long-term consequences of doubting the goodness of God:

Adam and Eve lived in paradise. They had no mortgage, no morning commute, and no annoying neighbors. They lacked nothing and enjoyed an intimate relationship with their Creator. As we know, their eventual disobedience resulted in spiritual death and the necessity of reconciliation to God (Rom. 5:12), but before they ever tasted the forbidden fruit, they swallowed the lie that God was untrustworthy.

“The most consequential decision in human history was made from a heart overwhelmed with doubt in the goodness of God.”

Satan’s words sounded disturbingly believable on that tragic day: “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5). Obeying a loving Father is much easier than obeying a dishonest dictator, and when Eve became convinced that God was selfishly withholding a blessing, “she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat” (3:6).

It has been said that the fall of humanity came because of pride, but fear seems to have been very active in Eve’s decision as well — a fear that God didn’t love her like He said He did, and that her best interest was not His priority. The most consequential decision in human history was made from a heart overwhelmed with doubt in the goodness of God. Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 4:10, on the other hand, come from a heart fully convinced of the goodness of God:

“For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach,
because we trust in the living God.” 

Few things in life are certain. People and circumstances are susceptible to constant change, but when we conclude with David that “the goodness of God endureth continually” (Ps. 52:1), trusting Him is only natural. He is the giver of “every good gift”, few of which are greater than the perfect peace He offers to those who trust Him fully (Jas. 1:17; Isa. 26:3).

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Pete! Thanks also for helping me develop this thought through our conversations at the SMF board meeting. Next up is a devotional about John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”

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