When We Are Being Tempted
Lots of people blame God for all the “bad” things that happen in their lives. They think God is out to get them but He is not. He does use circumstances to help us see how much we need Him, at times. We must see God as our advocate when we are being tempted. His is the voice in your heart saying, “Don’t do it! Don’t do it!”
Temptation is definitely not something we love chatting about but it is something we must take very seriously, isn’t it? So, let’s take some time and talk about it. God wants us to be proactive when it comes to sin. Believe me, friends, this is straight out of the pages of my life over the last week or so!
James 1:13-15 (NIV) (Especially verse 13)
“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
Our God is always good to us because He is wholly good. He always wants what is best for us. He does not have an evil sadistic side. Though He allows us to suffer sometimes for our own good, He does not enjoy watching us suffer. He is holy, merciful, and compassionate and that is part of why it grieves Him when we sin. He knows that, not only will it not glorify Him, but He knows it will hurt us.
According to 1 Corinthians 10:12-13, God always provides a way of escape for us when we are tempted. He is not a game player, so why would He tempt us to sin and then provide a way of escape. He just does not work that way.
Let’s look at Verse 13:
“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.'”
He wants us to succeed in living holy, blameless lives so He is not laying traps in our paths for us to fall into. He, through His Word, lights our path (Psalm 119:105) so that we can see the traps that have been laid by the enemy.
Back to the Verse:
“For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone…”
As believers, though we are no longer slaves to sin, we can still be tempted to sin and fall/dive headlong into it. God, unlike us, does not have a sin problem. In fact, He is not tempted in the least to sin because it is against His nature. This verse is saying, basically, “Why would He tempt us if it is against His nature?”
He loves us so dearly and He wants us to be more and more like His dear Son day by day. He wants us to be like Him, not opposite of Him.
His love for you and me is so great! He has good plans for us and He wants them to go forth in our lives. Our God will help us to stay away from sin, not tempt us with it or into it. He wants His very best for you and for me. He is such a wonderfully good God!
We will continue on in this passage next time. Have an amazing day!
Thank You so much, Lord, that You always have our best in mind as You help us navigate this life in this world. Thank You that Your Word is clear on how we are to deal with temptation. Help us to deal with the things that come up in this life in a Biblical manner. May we choose, day in and day out to do what glorifies You. Help us please to take Your Word and Your presence seriously. Make us all completely Yours. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Go Deeper Today:
1 Peter 5:6-9