Father of Lights
Living on the prairies I get to see some of the most decadent displays of colour in the skies. A prairie sunrise can imitate the gentle glide through a broad spectrum of colors depicted in a colour wheel. From yellows to oranges, to fuchsia and purples it’s magnificent and yet…it was all made by Someone much greater. Created, dreamed up, imagined and implemented by a Creator who has no rival. Yet, something even more striking about this superlative Designer is brought out by the writer James in chapter one of his book.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” James 1:18 (ESV)
God is a Father, a good father and, as such, the giver of only “good and perfect gifts”.
This in contrast to the devil who is the father of all evil things such as lying and murder (John.8:45).
Here’s the kicker…
God has always had the heart of a Father and the desire to be a Father!
“Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do and it gave Him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:4-6 (NLT)
His desire was not just to create a beautiful art project filled with wonderful and amazing things. Though He delighted in all He made, it wasn’t enough for Him. He desired to make a creature with which He could have relationship. He made a creature He intended to interact with: mankind made in His image and special compared to all the other created things. Before the foundation of the earth, God desired to bring us into His family. “
(Excerpt from, Servant Sons and Daughters: God Desired a Family)
James works hard to contrast the goodness of God with evil in several places of his book and in verse 18 he makes a definite point of highlighting it.
A message he seems to be conveying is,
“do not be confused about who your Father is and how much you mean to Him”
Perhaps he is building on his statement from earlier in the passage where he exhorts his readers to ask and believe without doubting. This combined, encourages us to focus on God’s goodness and desire to be our Father when we ask, so that we never doubt our worth to Him.
Just as the sun pierces through the darkness to announce a new day, and the darkness cannot resist it, our Father will break through on our behalf bringing His goodness into every season. He is deeply invested in us as His children and will not let go of us in the midst of trial. He is faithful to His promises and unlike the sun, He does not change. You can never be “in the shadow” of God with His back turned to you – unaware of you. You and I are His desire and focus.
I explore this subject and much more deeper in my book, Servant Son's and Daughters available now on Pre-order and full release Jan.25! Click here to watch the video trailer and learn more about it.