The other day I heard someone suggest that God somehow and (for me at least) for unknown reasons invites people to do wrong – tempt them to sin.
If you would look back to Genesis 3:6, you would read: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” The temptation to sin came from Satan, not God. With that temptation to sin Satan invited Adam and Eve to separate themselves from God the Creator and join him in everlasting perdition. He made the sin look so attractive that it couldn’t be resisted or denied.
In the case of Job, God was not the source of the temptations – the devil was!
Or consider Abraham. He and his family had traveled to Egypt, where the king took a shine on Abrahams’s wife and wanted to have her for his own. Abraham, being afraid that he might be murdered, claimed that Sarah was his sister and handed her over to the king. God punished the king for his sin, and eventually brought Abraham and Sarah back together.
The devil is still up to his tricks. He still makes sin look good to the human eye. Today we have our own temptations – drugs to calm our frazzled nerves, pictures to whet our appetites, perhaps even better mattresses to ease our late nights and early mornings. They sometimes even take the form of forbidden fruits or pure evil like Adam and Eve, like Abraham and Sarah, perhaps even like Job. In the face of such temptations we would be well advised to heed St. Paul’s assurance: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
This is really the key! GOD WILL ALSO PROVIDE THE WAY OF ESCAPE! When we are tempted to sin, we have Some One who was also tempted, yet remained faithfully obedient to His heaven Father. His name is Jesus. When we fall prey to the seductions of this life and world, we have a Savior who faithfully paid the sin penalty we owe and then rose victorious from His grave. He is our Way of Escape!
We pray: Heavenly Father, we thank you for giving Jesus to be our Savior! Enable us always to remember Him and follow Him, obey Him, and love Him. In Jesus’ name. Amen.