December 20, 2015
13: When tempted, no one should say, “God is temping me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
14: but each one is tempted the, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
This is new to me. I kind of remember learning in 1 on 1 discipleship study that there’s like 3 kinds of tests, and one of them was from God, to see one’s capability of handling more. but this verse says otherwise. Well, I suppose in the case of Job, he was tempted by the devil with permission from God. Does that count as God testing someone? Perhaps testing and tempting are two different things. There may not be any consequences to failing a test, and if you pass a test, it’s a good thing, but if you fall for temptation, there are consequences. The answer to these questions are probably “both, depending on the situation, guided by the holy spirit.” But the it’s something to think about. It’s something I was surprised to see in today’s passages. In any case, if it came down to what I kind of remember learning in 1 on 1 vs what’s in the bible, what’s in the bible is going to win. But in this case, there are both are probably right. Who can fully understand and figure out exactly how everything that seem contradicting works in the bible. They’re both there, because they’re both needed at different times to different people for the right reasons.
In any case, have I been tempting myself? If and when I fall though, doesn’t that impact others? And am I not impacted when others fall to temptations? We stand on our own, but we also stand together. But yesterday’s QT says that I should consider all of this a pure joy, and if I can, others falling and putting stress on me should not tempt me. However, I am tempted since I am not perfect. It must mean that I do not consider all of it a pure joy. But who does? Who can? What can I do? Try my best. Whatever comes my way today, I will try my best to consider it a joy.
Application: read random chapters of Psalms at random times, do qt first thing tomorrow morning