Oswald Chambers has once again tweeked my interest…
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Temptation is not sin! It is simply something man is faced with. It is how we react or act when temptation that makes a thing sin. However, temptation is never the sin. It is likely that whenever tempted, by anything, food, sex, money…the possible sin we are looking at is lust.
As humans, and particularly those of us professing ourselves as Christians, suffer temptations we have no business to suffer. Because we resist the things of God, we face temptations of “another order”, according to Chambers.
Temptation brings to light the good and the bad of a thing, situation. ” Temptation is a suggested short cut to the realization of the highest at which I aim…”
Did you ever notice that when you decide to go with God on something that just about immediately you are tempted… to not go…to go to far…to go your own way???
~ ” …not what I understand as evil, but towards what I understand as good.”
The temptation fits the nature of the man…and reveals all of the possibilities of that nature. The temptation reveals the man’s walk with God.
Does this mean that those of us who seek the Kingdom of God get larger temptations? I think it may…
As I strive to remove the things that are not lovely or good in my psyche, mind, body…I find that my temptations are vile and unseemly at times. I realize that I have been exposed to many things that are base in nature, especially for a woman. However, I did live in the world for about 40 years, under some very unprotected circumstances. Many of these things manifested prior to the age of 6, literally.
So now I am tempted by base temperments and natures in me. Things I desire and understand are violent and angry. It remains a battle of my mind to resist the temperments that come with these thoughts and understandings.
I fortunately, praise Jesus, that many of these things that I understand as normal now very much offend me. I was oddly surprised recently at my aversion for profane language in everyday conversation! The revulsion was intense and I had to express my aversion carefully to not offend the person. Why? Because up until then I never expressed an issue in this area. I instantly changed the rules on the person!
Chambers says ~ “God does not save us from temptations; He succors us in the midst of them.”
For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Temptation: We will be assisted by Jesus when we approach temptation appropriately. Viewing it as an indicator of where we are spiritually. Jesus is equipped to assist us, because He lived as a man, tempted as we are…