The Light Of Grace Outshines Every Shadow


The light of God’s grace overcomes every shadow so that His goodness is all we see.

And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning. James 1:17

One of the traits of God is that of His immutability. He is stable—unchanging in His nature (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). In illustrating this quality of the Creator, James writes: “. . . with whom [God] can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning” (1:17). Nature changes but God does not.

Of special interest here, though, is the expression “shadow that is cast by turning.” The word “turning” is from the Greek trope, which is especially used of the revolution of the heavenly objects.

In the Greek version of the Old Testament, the word trope is used of the “changes” that take place in the heavens (Job 38:33). James is suggesting that whereas shadows are altered by the “turning” of the earth upon its axis (thus changing its relationship to the sun), by way of contrast God—the Father of Light does not change so. This is a remarkable statement, wonderfully accurate from a scientific viewpoint. It is also something that at the time was supernaturally provided as the concept would not be discussed for another 300 years at the earliest.

Our Father of light shines down perfect goodness upon us and so much so that there is no casting of shadows—nowhere for sin to hide, nowhere for us to hide. No matter the circumstances we find ourselves in, no matter how dire or dark the sky seems to be, our Heavenly Father, the Father of the Light of the world—Jesus, cannot change. He cannot turn away, He cannot turn a “blind eye”, He cannot be removed from you, and no shadow can exist between Him and you. In the light of His goodness, no doubt can stay, no fear can paralyze, no worry can cripple, and no defeat can rejoice. All that our Heavenly Father brings in His unchanging, no turning light is perfect goodness.

Lift up your face and let the Father’s light shine upon you in never ending grace and perfect goodness that never ends.