James- Day 9

Devotion for Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
James 1:17

Over the last couple of days we have learned that temptations, trials, and difficult circumstances do not find their source in God.  But guess what does?  Every good and perfect gift is from God.  Did you know everything that is good in your life is a gracious gift from God?  The air you breath, the love you experience from your friends and family, the way your body functions to sustain your life, your heartbeat, your relationship with God, and your salvation are all examples of gifts that God gives.
The other thing we find out today is that our God doesn’t change.  In theology we call it God’s immutability.  God doesn’t change!  He doesn’t tempt us to do evil, everything good we have comes from Him, and that will never change because God will never change.  He can be trusted.  He will keep the gracious promises He has given to us because that is who He is!
Application:  Today, take some time to list out 10 good gifts that God has specifically given to you.  Then thank God for what He has given to you.