God is true

“He never changes or casts a shifting shadow” (James 1:17, NLT). “There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle” (The Message).

I enjoy words and their meanings. I’m always looking them up in the dictionary or thesaurus to either make sure I understand exactly what they mean, or to find similar words to expand on the meaning. So I looked up fickle. It’s not commonly used today, but it’s still a great word. It means likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable: fickle weather. Also not constant or loyal in affections: fickle lover (dictionary.com).

God is not fickle, though he is often portrayed this way in movies and books. I guess anthropomorphizing God into a capricious, unstable entity makes a better story than showing him the way he really is – someone we can hold onto and trust to never play with our emotions or our lives, someone who is a rock of stability in a world of shifting sand.

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

One thought on “God is true”

  1. Where to begin. . .first of all. . what a descriptive word. . anthropomorphizing! But isn’t that exactly what we do in our feeble attempts to understand God. We need for Him to make sense to us. . so we evaluate everything He is in our terms. And as soon as we do it, whatever it is we think we understand has now become poluted by the very act of bringing God into such a finite place. So much more could be said on that.

    Next, the word “fickle”, so describes us as humans. We believe one thing until someone comes along and says something else and we flip flop, back and forth. So of course, it becomes very difficult for us to understand the steadfastness of all that God is. . the One who is the same yesterday, today and forever!!

    The best words of all were in the scripture itself. . . God doesn’t shift shadows. Now there’s an interesting visual.

    Thanks Tammy for giving us a scripture a day to contemplate and for welcoming our additional comments too. In the end it seems we are all blessed.

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