Word for the Day
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. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. (James 1:13-14)
Pastor Spencer - The favorite game of all sinners is the blame game, especially, "It's God's fault, He put me in this situation, or didn't give me what I asked for, or sent this trial, etc....." While it is true that God does indeed send or allow certain trials into our lives, that is quite different from Him being the One to actually temp us. (see First Corinthians 10) As James reminds us, God truly tempts no one, ever! No, when we fall into sin, we have only ourselves to blame. In this sense, every person is an island, alone unto himself. Sin is personal, and a personal, individual affront to almighty God. Sin comes from within us; our desires, our wants, our lack of trust, our failings. We cannot even say, "The devil made me do it." The devil, is, to be sure, the great Tempter, but he MAKES no one sin. And the fact that God does not tempt us is a great comfort to Believers, for it shows that God is not playing with us; that salvation is no joke, no game. God is serious about saving us, and does so through the Redemption accomplished by His Son, Jesus Christ, and creating faith in that Redemption through the Gospel in Word and Sacrament. That is the perfect and complete antidote to sin; not to blame God or anyone else for our sin, but to place it all on Jesus and have Him carry it all away! Let's not blame God, but rather praise Him for His mercy!