This month we will study the Book of James. Chapter 1 teaches us how to deal with trials and temptations. The key verse is James 1:19.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: (James 1:19)
Yesterday, we studied verses 1-12, trials and temptations. Today we will look at verses 13-21, God does not tempt man.
God does not tempt man (Verses 13-21)
- How is man tempted? V 13-14
- How is temptations conceived? V 15-16
- Where do good gifts come from? V 17-18
- How do we concur our temptations? V 19-21
“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: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
Again we see the practicality of James. Answering questions about how we are tempted, enticed, and drawn away from God. Then we find that good gifts come from above. Finally we see how to concur those temptations.
So what do we learn from the verses? First, God does not tempt us. But secondly, He does give us good gifts. Thirdly, we concur our temptations by reading, studying, and obeying the word of God.
Having said that, it comes down to who we choose to follow, God or Satan. It is in our best interest to choose God’s way.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001