I remember as a kid, about 7 years old, my mother bought me three huge cookies as my lunch meal for school. They were really my favorite cookies, very friendly to my mouth. She put them in the cupboard, she then stepped outside for a couple of minutes. I couldn’t stop thinking about the cookies that were put in the cupboard. Not just cookies but my favorite cookies. I could not hold the desire. I tiptoed to the cupboard, I took a pinch. After a few minutes, I took another pinch. Then the second pinch was preceded by a couple more pinches until 3 cookies were down to just one cookie. I was not able to hold the urge that danced in my salivary glands. Then reality hit, I felt so guilty, so condemned.
This is how temptation starts. A week ago, I heard a rather erroneous concept. It got me thinking and wanting to find whether or not it’s true. The person who was delivering this information read from Matthew 4:1: “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” He said if Jesus was led by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted, then we as well will be led into temptation by God. It really didn’t sit well with me. “How could God do this?” I asked myself. I, in an affirmed contradiction believe that Jesus was led by Spirit to be tempted so that today, we could not face that. He was taking us out of that curse.
Yes, it’s no secret that we do get tempted, but that is not something that is led by God AT ALL. Matthew 6:13: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” In the words of the King of Kings, He said when we pray, we should pray that God should not lead us into temptation. Why would He be led by the Spirit and just two chapters ahead tell us to pray not to be led into temptation. He knew that what He was led into, God would not put that unto us.
James 1: 13: “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.” Let’s take a look at this scripture, it is so simple and straight forward, God would not tempt us in what so ever way. James 1:14: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” So simple, just like when I was drawn by my own lust of the cookies. My mother did not in way put the cookies in the cupboard to tempt me. No, definitely no ways. My lust of cookies caused me not to stop thinking about the cookies. God would not say, “I will put this lady who is not your wife before you just to test whether you really love your wife.” Definitely not. Only your lust will jump out to desire the woman who is not your wife.
1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” If it were possible that God tempts us, why would He lead you into temptation and then create an escape way path. James 1:14: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” It does not say every man is tempted when God leads them into temptation.
God is a God of Peace and Grace. Jesus paid and did so much that we could not face that. And always, His Grace Is sufficient to create an escape for you when you are tempted.