Testing and Temptation

 Topic of the Day: Testing and Temptation

Subtopic:   God does test but he does not tempt; there is a difference between the two. 

Scripture:   James 1: 13 –  15

 

Can you remember being  in school, maybe you’re still there, having to go over subject after subject and having things grilled into your memory bank only to be tested on it  at the end of each week.   These test are  given to you in order to determine how much you have actually retained.  What about those “Final Exams” that come at the end of a semester or quarter just to see how much you have actually retained over a given period of time.  At this point does anyone question the teacher/instructor’s motive or do you accept it and apply what you have learned?  Well, this is no different then what God does to us during our daily walk with Him.

 

Testing, is the act of determining the substance or presence of something or someone.  In life as a Christian we are tested on our levels of understanding and our ability to trust and have faith that God will deliver us; to which is contributed to our own spiritual growth.   Just as baby’s we go through our stages of development:

 

  • When we are born, we are wholly dependent on our parents to nurture and care for us.
  • As the days  go by we begin to start taking on more personal responsibility (the holding up of our own heads, then our bottles, then our own weight) but we are never left on our own to handle them without the “testing” of our parents to make sure we can handle it.

 

This same theory holds true for learning to ride a bike, taking on new careers, or learning a new skill.  Testing bring forth confidence.  It is God’s will to build you up not tear you down.  A test is an act imposed by God for the strengthening of your faith (James 1: 3-4.)

 

Tempting, is the act of enticing or provoking an action from someone.  It usually comes with an alteria motive of deception and/or seduction.  The bible firmly states that God cannot be tempted by evil and that He Himself does not tempt anyone (James 1:13.)  His word states that we are tempted when we are enticed by our own lust (James 1:14.) 

 

Although God does not do the tempting, He does provide a way of escape from it (1 Cor. 10:13.)

 

So look to the hills from which cometh your help; all of your help comes for the Lord.

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Published in: on January 19, 2009 at 7:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

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