“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”, for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” (James 1:13-14)
Too many times, Christians try to prove why they are going through hardships, by believing that God is testing them. I know the scripture above uses the word “tempted”, but this is one of the scriptures many people use to explain why things happen to them. As the scripture states, “God does not tempt us.” He does not have to. Nor does God send trouble in our life to test us. He already knows what we will do in any given situation. This is why He gives His word to tell us to choose life.
Some things we suffer, we learn from them through our suffering. Jesus, for example, “learned obedience from the things He suffered”. What He suffered was not to make Him a better person while on earth. He was already perfect as a man. In fact, He never, ever committed any sin or disobeyed God, the Father, yet He still suffered.
“Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.” (Hebrew 5:8)
It is always a better choice to go through hardships for the cause of Christ, than it is for doing wrong, making bad choices, and disobeying God.
In the final analysis, when we are tempted, let us remember that God does not tempt us. It is “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”. Lust and pride are the things that get us into trouble.
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16)
Giving you strength for the journey,