The God who Tempts

www.bible.com/1713/jas.1.13.csb

Have you ever underwent a trial and believed God had placed such a burden on you? Have you ever blamed God for putting you into an impossible situation? Have you ever accused God of overwhelming you with circumstances beyond what you could handle? Well, then you might need to hear this verse.

You’ve surely all heard that God won’t give you more than you can handle. That’s a loose interpretation of 1 Cor 10:13. More accurately, it says you will not be tempted beyond what you are able, but that God will provide a way of escape from the temptation. It does not speak to suffering. Yet many people believe that it does, so that suffering comes calling, it is overwhelming.

This people blame God for their suffering. But again, God is not responsible for suffering. He allows it to grow and mature you as a a carpenter might apply a file to smooth out a rough place in wood.

Neither does God tempt you, but He allows temptation to test your resolve. What kind of faith would you have if it was untested? If you read on in this text, you find that temptation doesn’t come from elsewhere, but from the desires of your own heart. Will you go back to the sins that tripped you up before?

While God is responsible for creating this world, He is not responsible for everything that happens in it. He does not sin. We do. And any sin we commit we must be accountable to. We cannot blame God for that. We bear our guilt and shame. Not God.

Yet God loves us so much, He found a way to bear our sin for us, taking the punishment upon Himself, by sending His own Son. Christ bore our sins to the cross and paid for them by His blood. Jesus bore our guilt, at His own expense, to save your soul.

God bless you today.

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merittmusings

I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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