17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow (James 1).
The Greek word for “variation” (parallagē) is strikingly similar to their word for parallel (parallelos), yet the two are opposites in meaning. The imagery seems to be of light beams from “the Father of lights” which come down as a divine parallelism, with “no variation” whatsoever, thus having no “shifting shadow”—no change.
God gives only “good things” and “perfect gifts” to His children—no snakes and scorpions (Luke 11:12). Yet, these good things and perfect gifts may indeed be hidden within the trials and temptations He allows to come our way. The trials and temptations come horizontally as we move and exist in this fallen world, but the good things and perfect gifts always come vertically—straight down from the very throne of God.
Lord, thank You for always being so good to us, and that You never change! Help us This Day to trust in You, no matter what trials comes our way, knowing that good things and perfect gifts are surely also on their way.