That Great Day

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone (James 1).

If God were malicious, He would find pleasure in trying to make us trip and stumble, that is, He would tempt us. But God is good, and therefore He does not tempt. He does, however, allow circumstances and even the Evil One (just ask Job) to come into our lives to test us and prove our faith so that He can bless us by rewarding that faith.

If it is “impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18), then it is likewise impossible for Him to sin. And if it is impossible for God to sin, it is likewise impossible for Him to be tempted to sin. This is a great part of our great hope in heaven—that we, on that great Day when we will be made like Him, will no longer be able to be tempted.

Lord, help us This Day to see You as a Good God who does not tempt and cannot be tempted. And help us look forward to that day when we will be the same. Amen.