God's word in today's world

God never trips anybody up


When people suffer, their first instinct is to accuse someone or something else. It’s always someone else’s fault when I get into trouble.

When there’s nobody or something else to blame for my troubles, we blame God. We feel sorry for ourselves and say we must’ve done something wrong and that’s why God is punishing us.

However, this statement is not theologically correct, because there are a few things that God cannot do. You see, God cannot be tempted by some kind of evil force to do evil Himself. God cannot be misled into doing the wrong things.

It’s just not part of God’s make-up. God cannot do things He Himself had said were wrong. God can only do the right thing, and evil or wrong deeds cannot be part of that. It’s truly impossible for God to allow Himself to be tempted into doing the wrong thing.

Barnes (e-sword) highlights this characteristic of God as follows:

  • There is no evil desire to be satisfied as in people.
  • There is no lack of power so that God can be tempted to do something that is wrong in order to get more power.
  • There is no lack of wealth, because He has unlimited resources, and everything that exists or can exist belongs to Him.
  • There is no lack of happiness so that He needed to look for happiness in things that do not belong to Him. Therefore, nothing can be put before His divine mind as encouragement to do evil.

This statement that God cannot be tempted to wrong things can be taken even further: God also cannot tempt people to do wrong things.

We have to remember this verse so that we are not misled by our own thoughts in future to try and blame God: 13Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us.

Actually, this knowledge that God is totally closed to temptation and even less that He would tempt us, should strengthen our faith. It should give us strength to keep going.

God will never try and trip us up. On the contrary, He would rather help us get up after life trips us up. Remember it and hold onto it, because you might just need a helping hand around the next corner, and God will be there to help you.

Scripture
James 1:12-18

Reflection
Who are you pointing the finger at?
How many fingers are pointing back at you?
How do you experience God in your temptations?

Prayer
Father, I realise I’m standing with my finger in the air. Thank you for never chasing me away, even when I wrongly accuse You. Help me to remain standing in temptation. In Jesus se Naam. Amen.

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