Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
In this verse, James urges us Christians to change the narrative. He calls us to make a new list of all the good things we have. Where did all those good things come from? Be encouraged believers in Christ and tell yourself the truth: God gave you every single good thing in your life. He is the source of all the good you have and all the good you need. God does not change when our circumstances change. He doesn’t go from being a good God to a bad God when our trials begin. He is still the source of all the good in our lives; He never changes.
What does it mean to remain faithful in hard times? It means continuing to acknowledge that God is the source of what is good in our lives, and what will be good in the future.
God is the Father of lights, or “of heavenly lights.” He is the source of light. The sun can never be in shadow. At times, shadows may fall on us, but He is ever and always light. If we turn away from Him, we go deeper into the shadow. Turning from God in order to escape hardship is as ridiculous as hiding from the sun in an effort to escape darkness. When we face ordeals, we should seek the One who can make all things new.