More Than Words | James 1:13-14 | Devotional
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.
Today’s passage is clear that temptation does not come from God. God can neither be tempted nor does he tempt. So, what is the source of temptation that shows itself so strong in our lives?
- Satan. Finding Jesus at a weakened physical state, the “tempter” showed up to test Jesus in the desert. The same tempter comes roaring after us, seeking to drive a wedge of disobedience between us and the Father and attempting to destroy our witness before others.
- Self. We are tempted to blame temptation on the tempter. But sometimes the mirror reflects the source. As believers the penalty of our sin is gone, but the propensity to sin will remain until the day we die. We are tempted by our “own evil desires.”
Here’s the hard truth. Whether the source is Satan or Self, at the end of the day we own our disobedience. God will always provide a way to way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). Here’s the hard question. Are you willing to take the escape route?
Father, by Your grace and Your strength may the answer to that question always be “Yes!” In Jesus’ name. Amen.