Every Good and Perfect Gift [James 1:17 Devotional]

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Every Good and Perfect Gift [James 1:17 Daily Devotional]

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

James 1:17

James, the author of this passage, is telling us that everything good and perfect is from God. He also won’t change, which means we can expect the God of yesterday to be the God of today and tomorrow as well. The gifts that God considers good today will still be good tomorrow and forever, so you can rest assured that if it comes from God, it is good.

Every Good and Perfect Gift

I think it goes without saying that not everything you receive is good. That means that not everything you receive is from God. This is where discernment comes into play. That relationship you got into that’s making you compromise your values? Probably not from God. Relationships are good and God created us to be in relationships, but not at the expense of who he’s created us to be. Or maybe you got a job that’s requiring you to do some shady things that you’re not comfortable with. Work is good! However, work that deteriorates your soul is not what God had intended.

Pursue the good and perfect gifts that God has for you. You can do that by letting go of all the things that are holding you back, no matter how difficult it is. God has eternal, everlasting joy waiting for you right here on earth. I pray that you’ll do what you can to pursue that godly joy.

Prayer

Father, thank you for the good and perfect gifts you provide for me. Help me to determine which gifts are truly good and from you and which things aren’t gifts at all. Give me the courage to make difficult decisions and pursue you fully. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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