“And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else” (James 1:13, NLT).
Much has been written about temptation, from sermons on how to resist or avoid it, to jokes about how the devil made me do it. And then there’s Oscar Wilde’s famous quotation, “I can resist anything but temptation.” We know temptation is a problem, even though to most people it probably seems a bit old fashioned to even talk about it. As we can see from this verse, it doesn’t come from God.
God doesn’t need to test us to see if we’ll resist—he already knows we are weak and prone to give in to sin and our desire for everything bad for us. God is love and love doesn’t set up anyone for failure. Love wants good for others, to be encouraging and to see success. Love does everything possible to see the light of achievement in someone’s eyes and to give inspiration to keep going. God is our champion and cheerleader and we know his heart is always for us. With the guidance, strength and help of the Holy Spirit, the temptations of this world fade to black and our desire changes to wanting to see the look of love in his eyes beaming back at us.