And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. (James 1:13 NLT)
EVERYONE faces temptation. It is one of the great equalizers in life. But not everyone handles it the same way. In this verse James shows it’s not a matter of “if” you will be tempted, but “when.”
He urges his readers not to blame God. And although you may think you would never accuse God of tempting you, sometimes the blame is a little more subtle. You see, when the trials of life get heavy, we may take the bait of temptation the devil offers as a way to release the pressure. “Life is weighing down on you, and it’s not fair. You deserve this.” He might say. And we are inadvertently blaming the God, who we know allows these trials as a way of testing and proving us, for letting them become too strong to bear.
But when we do that, we are believing a lie that the enemy has whispered in our ear. God never allows temptation to become too great, and always offers an escape. Consider this passage, The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)
See that? GOD OFFERS THE ESCAPE! We blow it when start to take the escape the enemy offers. It’s a trap! It’s like “jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire,” to use the clichè. The relief valve that satan presents us leads to more pain and even more pressure.
So yes, everyone is tempted, but some make the mistake of blaming God either directly or indirectly for the temptation. They may think he has let it become too strong to bear. But if they would look inward, they wouldn’t blame God or the devil either. Next time we’ll talk about the source of temptation.