16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 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. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:16-18)
Perspective and process is what we discussed in verses 12-15. God’s perspective is heavenly and we can have confidence in what He is doing and has promised to do. Jesus says in John 15 to “Abide in Me” and to faithfully serve Him despite the highs and lows of our life and the result is eternal life…the crown of life. That is the process.
In that, the devil will try to mix all that up, sow lies, cause confusion. But we read here to not be deceived. To remember that all good gifts and things that come into our lives are from Heaven. If something is not good, we know it is not from God and we can work to avoid it, flee from it or otherwise escape and resist.
Specifically, God is the God of light and there is no darkness in Him. Again, a standard we can measure the things in our life by. God is the God of light and there is no variation or shadow. God is solid in that He does not move and that He is not empty but is and represents His supreme and awesome power and nature which is fully focused on our restoration and salvation. He works to build up. The devil works to tear down. We can know that God has and is working to restore us…bringing us into the light as He is light. Our objective is to stay there and remain faithful and we will prevail.
Let me close with a passage from Paul’s letter to Timothy and encourage all of us to move to the light and stay in the light no matter how hard the devil works to yank us back.
11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, 15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:11-16)