small_2347596279Being fatherless hurts; being fathered wrongly hurts too. I respect the wounds endured by children. It gets complicated; I understand.

It’s very, very hard at times, but we must learn how to trust when God makes a promise. Much of life consists of this: learning to trust in the Father of Lights – provider of every good and perfect gift.

Salvation is the chief gift and the one by which we were born again, becoming “first-fruits” of his transforming power. His is the light that will never be eclipsed; in Him there is no shadow of turning. (James 1:17-18)

Writing to encourage believers to endure trials and suffering, James assures them that God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. But we are tempted by our own evil desires, which give birth to sin and eventually to spiritual death. Do not be deceived is the warning; for the Father of Lights is full of nothing but, light. One chief component of Satan’s strategy is to wrestle us into a belief system where God cannot be relied upon.

Today, we have the tangible foretaste of light and glory: “God…made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)

Earthen vessels are fragile; jars break easily. Our weakness combined with life’s brevity serve as an aid to humility. “LORD, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.” (v.3-4) It is in this weakness that His strength is perfected. I am not invincible but God is.

C.S. Lewis, in his Chronicles of Narnia series, describes our current dwelling place on earth as the “shadow-lands.”  We are filled with an everlasting permanence in God and yet are clearly walking as pilgrims and sojourners. Thank God for the measure of transformation we have experienced; what a gift! But there’s more. Many other gifts, each good and perfect, are coming down from above, as the Father of Lights, Abba Father, showers us with redemption in this world of shadows.