James 1:12–15 (ESV)
Testing of Your Faith
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot
be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
We see in today’s readings that testings come from outside of ourselves, but temptation comes from within ourselves. I must add that temptations also come outside from Satan. Look at Jesus in the desert.
Martin Luther writes: “[God] does not test in order that we may fear and hate Him like a tyrant but to the end that He may exercise and stir up faith and love in us. Satan, however, tempts for evil, in order to draw you away from God and to make you
distrust and blaspheme God” (AE 4:132).
I pray: O Lord, help me to grow through testings and to not fall into temptations. Much like when we pray “and lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil.” Amen.