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
Last week we went through half of James chapter 1 and discussed about temptation. I’m going back to James for today’s post, where I want to talk about just 5 words in the verse above and how important they are. Those words are, “with whom is no variableness.” Those words are very important and very powerful and should also be comforting.
I remember back a few years ago they used to have NFL quarterbacks participate in the Quarterback challenge. They would go through all sorts of challenges like running, who could throw the ball the furthest, who was the most accurate, etc. The one challenge I liked to really watch was where they had these big targets attached to golf carts, and each quarterback would attempt to throw the ball and hit the target as the golf cart drove across the field. Even the best quarterbacks in the league had trouble hitting it, even though they all could hit the stationary targets. Why? Because hitting a moving target is hard. It’s constantly changing, you never quite sure where it is going next.
There is no variableness with God. He’s not a moving target. He’s not changing what he wants today and then tomorrow he expects something out of us that is completely different. In Hebrews 13:8 it says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
I have had bosses in the past where you have no clue what they’re going to want that day. One day they want you to not spend any money in the budget or the next day they’re saying spend spend spend. Or they want you to work on this project and then quickly turnaround and want you to work on another project. Those have been some of the most frustrating times at work.
Not only is it frustrating, but it is very inefficient work environment. God is not like that at all. What he wanted from humans 1 year ago, 100 years ago, or 1000 years ago, is the same as what he wants right now. There is no moving target with God, just consistency. We don’t have to spend our time guessing what he wants today or what mood he’s in. That’s why it’s important for us to read the Bible. That’s His word and one of the main ways he tells us what is expected from us.
Just as I appreciate going into a job where I know what the expectations are; I love that God is consistent, and I know what to expect from him and what he expects from me.