“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Matthew 6:13, NKJV
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
I Corinthians 10:13NKJV
Every day of our lives we can be tempted. Every day we can be enticed away from God and hunger for progress through some other source. This is nothing new. All human sin is the result of someone having given in to temptation. All human sin originated in Satan’s original temptation of Adam and Eve. Temptation was deadly then. Temptation is still deadly today.
Matthew Henry writes of that original temptation, “He (Satan) could not have persuaded them (Adam and Eve) to run the hazard of ruining themselves if he had not suggested to them the great probability of bettering themselves.”
Oswald Chambers said it a little differently. “Temptation is a shortcut to a noble aim.” I like to say “Temptation is the wrong road to the right place.”
Temptation usually presents itself to us in the form of something good, for self-fulfillment or self-improvement. Sometimes that “something good” is gained apart from God and His righteous principles. Evil hides itself dressed up as something noble or good for self-improvement.
We must be very careful with what looks good to us in this world. We must see if it looks good as we look at it together with God. Looking with God will reveal a whole world of hidden evil and the way of escape. Today the greatest temptation of your life could materialize before your eyes as something noble or good. Be sure to look at everything you see together with God.
QUESTION: Is the desire to improve ourselves the best reason to take action? Is obedience to God a better reason for a Christian to act or not act?