When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. James 1:13-14

The Lord does not tempt anyone to do wrong, but God does allow us to reap the fruit of our own unrighteous actions, and He uses that fruit of destruction to bring us to repentance. When we pursue our own desires apart from the will of God, we will inevitably reap the fruit of our evil desires. However, when we make a mess, let’s not blame God for suffering we have brought upon ourselves. Remember that even the knowledge of evil was a result of disobedience. Adam and Eve were created with only the knowledge of good, with pure hearts, but they let their desire to have the one thing that God forbid lure them into sin, and the knowledge of evil was born in their hearts. Even from the beginning they began to follow the ways of evil by lying to God in their very next encounter with Him after the fall. Since then, man has followed the course of evil to his own destruction.

Because God is loving and kind He uses our self-created messes to perfect our character and to bring us to the place where we cry out to Him in desperation, because we have fallen so deep into the pit of our own making that the only way out requires Divine intervention. I don’t believe that the Lord likes to see us struggle, because we were made for more. We are made for a love relationship with our creator. We are creatures made in God’s own image, but He has put His law in our hearts and should we chose to disobey, we cannot blame Him for the pain that we suffer.

Romans 1:24-25 says when people became so disobedient that they were falling prey to every kind of sin, “God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.”

And while the Lord is able to rescue us from the pit falls of our actions, so that we do not suffer, He allows us to go through trials to come to the knowledge that these things lead to suffering and death and so that we will willingly choose His way because we know it is the right way. You can’t appreciate grace until you really need it. But once you find it, you know you cannot live without it.

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I'm a bookkeeper, a writer of lyrics and devotional articles and a passionate lover of Jesus Christ. I am married (20 years) with 2 daughters and live in Louisa County VA, which is between Charlottesville and Richmond.

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