11/17/19: James 1:1-18; Psalm 116:1-19; Proverbs 27:23-27

Like Artie the book of James is one of my favorites and a book I always encourage new Christians to read.  For in this book the half-brother of the Lords offers instructions for daily living as a believer and answers many basic questions.  Today I think he answers the question — “how can God let this happen to me – he could have removed that temptation that lead me to … [fill in the blank?]

James 113 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

God did not create us to be automatons but gifted us with free-will to make decisions on our own and the intelligence to do so.   And it is often the results of our decisions that are apart from the will of God that cause us pain and sorrow.  We can be forgiven of the sin but we must sometime have to live with the consequences.

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