THE GIFT OF A NEW LIFE
Verse 17 is one of the greatest statements in all of the Bible. Every good gift and
every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights. . . It’s
wonderfully simple and yet it is simply wonderful. It is a statement about our great God,
our Father who is called in this passage of Scripture—the Father of Lights. That is, the
Father who created lights.
In the creation account it says, And God said, let there be light; and there was
light. Later on we are told how God took that light and He deposited the light in the
heavenly bodies—the stars and the moon and the sun. So, God indeed is the Father of
lights. Our God is the God of creation. He is the God who created the heavens. He is
the God who created the earth. He is the God who created everything there is, everything
you see, and what you cannot see. He is the Father of lights.
There is great assurance in this verse of Scripture, and there is great
encouragement in the statement that God is the Father of lights. In a turbulent universe
this is an anchor to hold on to. In all of the varieties of experiences and all of the changes
that may come into your life, here is a truth you can hold on to that will be an anchor for
you. Our God is the Father of lights.
We know that the lights—the heavenly bodies—change. They are in a constant
process of change. Everything in this universe is in a process of change. The sun moves
in its orbit. The moon moves in its orbit. The stars are in a constant process of
movement and variety and change. Yet, this verse of Scripture teaches us that our God is
not caught—is not trapped in His own creation. But our God is the Father of light. He is
above the creation. He is the creator and this verse of Scripture teaches that our Father—
the Father of creation does not change. It says, with whom (that is, this Father of light) is
no variabl ...
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