Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17
One of the things I love about God so much, is that He doesn’t have moods. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. It seems, that from all I’ve studied of Scripture, that God has emotions, but not moods.
Moods are defined as, “a particular state of mind or feeling; humor, or temper. A predominant or pervading feeling, spirit or tone. Fits of morose, sullen or uncertain tempers. Moods may be caused by emotion, but they are not the emotions themselves. Moods may be the reason for how we carry ourselves, or behave, in certain situations, but they are not who we are. Moods don’t define us.
One of the things that I don’t like about myself, is my propensity to moods. I describe it sometimes as, “the bottom dropping out, or perhaps walls closing in.” My son and I were talking about this one day. How sometimes, all of a sudden, your feelings just change and you go from being up and laughing, to down and moping. My husband and I have discussed it too, as we both struggle with it at times, I more than he. In our discussion I said, “It’s like sometimes the curtain that separates eternity and reality is peeled back, and I feel the same things written about in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. I feel the futility of it all and it’s kinda rough. It’s a game changer, a mood changer, when this happens to me. The only cure for me is to embrace the truth, life is hard and futile sometimes, but God is good.
God is my refuge at all times, but I feel my need for Him most keenly in these times of moodiness. God is Truth. He is the Word become flesh that came down and dwelt among us. He is Hope, He is Peace. Sometimes I literally feel like I am breathing in fresh, even nourishing air when I open a door or window in my house. Opening God’s Word is like that for me. It blows away all the staleness I feel, when reflecting too much on these things. He gives me a reason, a purpose, a place of safety to run into. People are scared of moodiness sometimes. But God is not moody. People have been apprehensive around me at times, because I’m not very good at covering up how I’m doing. Like a pimple on my nose, how I’m doing shows.
But God, He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. He has no variation, or shifting shadow. He is safe.
Thank You so much, Heavenly Father for being our refuge, strength and place of safety. Thank You for saying to us that we can only start where we are. We can’t pretend we are not in a place of depression, fear, anger, unforgiveness or pain. But You meet us there, amidst all the tangled weeds and You set us free from what ensnares our feet, our hearts and our minds.
Make us more like You, Precious God. Amen and Amen