Why Are We Tempted?
James 1:13, 14
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed..
Why is it so difficult to say no to temptation and “yes” to God? Why is temptation so attractive and powerful? Couldn’t God eliminate the devil? Just think, if Satan were gone, we could resist temptation much more easily. Isaiah 55:8,9 says; “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Why do we experience temptation? What is the purpose behind it all? Could it be God’s method of testing our loyalty and our love? We cannot say we love someone until we have had to make some hard choices on their behalf. God uses our sins to show us His grace and power. “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Experiencing God’s sufficient grace is certainly something we don’t deserve, for His power is perfected in our weakness and gives us strength to overcome sin’s control.
So, what sin is it that keeps holding you captive? Is it an obvious one: drunkenness, adultery, gluttony, homosexuality, an addiction of any kind? Maybe it is a very private sin, the one in your mind: pride, fear, bitterness, envy, anxiety, jealousy, or hatred. Whatever it is, God can deliver you from that sin. God will provide for you the way of escape–––that you may be able to endure the temptation (I Corinthians 10:13). The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials no matter how difficult.
Lord, Your grace is enough to strengthen me through any trial.