Father of Lights

           Why is it when I’m down for whatever reason (sickness or injury) that this is the time I tend to look upward? Some occasions, I even dare ask, Why me, God…and why now?  After all I’ve done for so and so, and this is the treatment I receive. It just doesn’t seem fair. In truth, a better question might be to ask, Why not me?

             Maybe it’s because it’s the direction my face and mind happens to be focused at the time. I shouldn’t wait until those unique times.  My goal should be to please God all the days of my life. Instead, I spend my hours trying to think of ways to please people and end up sad, dry and disappointed in that fruitless quest. 

            I realize there are few rewards at the end of a rainbow when I aim to please people. People are fickle. Their emotions come and go. All of God’s ways are perfect and just. With him there is no variableness. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I won’t find a guarantee like that from any human being. So why is it that some days my goal is to seek approval from family members, friends, and even strangers?

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17/KJV).

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2 Responses to Father of Lights

  1. Pam says:

    Years ago, someone asked me if I was willing to be used by God in the life of someone else to bring him/her closer to the Lord. Interesting concept, isn’t it? It doesn’t always feel good.

    • You are so right! It doesn’t always feel good–in fact, sometimes it feels downright unfair. But, I continually remind myself that God knows the heart and motivation.

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