February 16, 2016

 

The Blame Game

 

 

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.

James 1:13-14

 

What’s your greatest temptation? Have you ever made excuses for a sin in your life by blaming it on someone or something else?

 

No matter what tempts you, the Bible is clear: temptation never comes from God.

 

Sometimes, we may be prone to blame our temptation on God. We play the “blame game” when we reason, “God allowed me to experience this circumstance. The circumstance caused me to be tempted. So, God must have tempted me to sin.”

The “blame game” started in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had both disobeyed God’s command. Eve blamed the serpent, and Adam blamed Eve. But he didn’t stop there. He told God, “The woman You gave me to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Adam’s plea was, “God, it’s really Your fault. After all, You gave me this woman!” (Genesis 3:12).

But the Bible says God cannot be tempted to sin, and He never tempts us to sin. Instead, when we are tempted, God always makes the way for us to escape temptation. “…God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Consider the excuses you may have been making for sin in your life. Ask God to remove those excuses from your heart and mind and open your eyes to the way of escape when you face temptation.

Have a Great Day and Keep Moving Forward!