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June 18 – The father of lights

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with Whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:17 

Scripture reading: James 1:1-18

Happy Father’s Day to the fathers among us. Thanks be to God for the blessing of those who are good fathers. For those who did not have their dads with them in their growing years, thanks be to God for uncles and men who stood in as fathers and mentors to young men and women. Whatever our experience may have been, the Bible shows the perfections of our Father.

He is the Father of Lights, in Whom there is no variation or shadow. For those who had fathers who promised much and never delivered, God is the Father Who is faithful. What He promises, He does. He is the complete Truth. That is reassuring for those who experienced disappointments with earthly dads.

He is the Father of Lights. The light of revelation and wisdom are His to give, so that those who seek to know God, are given the Spirit. As the believer prays to know God better, the Spirit’s powerful presence is God’s answer. The Spirit is the lamp lit within us, Who dispels the darkness of doubt and throws down all fears.

He is the Father of Lights. Jesus Christ is the Sun of Righteousness, given by the Father. He brings His healing with Him. In Christ Jesus we have an elder brother Who leads us to our Perfect Father. In Christ Jesus, believers can most clearly see the depths of the Father’s love for His people. Jesus, the Beloved One, given up to death, so that all who believe in Him can know God, the Good Father.

Suggestions for prayer

Remember all the children who are growing up in homes without dads, that our Father may truly shepherd His own; seek the Spirit’s direction how to be a godly influence in the life of those young ones in need; give thanks for fathers who are faithful and reflect the goodness of God.

Rev. Richard Vander Vaart served as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America for over twenty years, before joining the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He is now serving as the Atlantic Region prison-visiting pastor working with Redemption Prison Ministry. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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