Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse]. (James 1:17 AMP)
There’s a gift God gave us that is perfect. It is a letter from Him to me, to you. There is information to teach us how to pray, to show us how to live, to show us His anger at unholiness and to give us the most sacrificial, personal picture of His love for us and the washing away of our unholiness so that He can have a tender, warm relationship in our hearts.
This letter of course is the Bible, God’s word to us. Because it’s a true picture of history, of people and of the Accuser, there is some darkness in it. But our God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. There are verses scattered profusely throughout the Bible that are bright light, joy and encouragement.
I went through a time of struggle when God’s letter and His love was all I had. It brought me through that time feeling loved and it’s continued even to the present. Adrian Rogers said that every other book can be read by us but the Bible is the book that reads us. It seems to understand our need and is able to fill it because the Lord of Lights is present at the reading of His word.