“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)
One of the greatest tricks Satan attempts is to get God’s children to call Him out for the evil things that happen to us. Jesus made it clear in John 10:10-11, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” He was setting everyone straight. The devil comes to harm us with evil intent, but Jesus came to protect, give, and restore. In the later part of that verse, Jesus calls Himself the “good shepherd”. What is a shepherd’s role? It’s not to harm or tempt the sheep, but to protect them from the treacherous landscape and the predators that look to devour them. When we undergo temptation, if we can be convinced that it’s God doing, then we have only two options, to run to Satan (which no one would consciously do) or to our own strength. And sadly, that’s what usually happens and the temptation overcomes us, and we find ourselves trapped in sin. But if we know that God never intends for His children to do evil, nor does He tempt them to do so, then we run to Him the “Good Shepherd” for help, protection, and strength. When we believe this truth and live by it, we experience victory over temptation. With each new victory our love and trust for Jesus grows and so does our win percentage over sin.