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That Was Not God

James 1:13-15 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.

People like to blame God for many things, horrible tragedies, the actions of some of our loved ones, and even for people in authority.  However, there are certain things that the Bible tells us are definitely not God’s doing, and one of those is temptation.  James, the brother of Jesus is very clear, for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.  God is not testing you, He does not need to see if you can be trusted.  God knows everything about us, he does not need to figure us out.  

However, while we are tempted by the devil, we’re drawn to the thing we desire (Greek word actually means: lust and longings, especially for the forbidden).  The text says, But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.  That word enticed means: to entrap or to allure.  So we are not tempted by God; however, the devil uses our list and longings to allure and entrap us.  Therefore, when we understand that God’s not behind the temptation and that our weaknesses are being used to pull us astray; we can go to God for his help.  After all; And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  (2nd Corinthians 12:9)