TEMPTATION?

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (II Corinthians 4:8).

Even when you are hard-pressed, you do not get crushed. When you are perplexed, you do not despair. When the tests do come, you are not discouraged. Indeed you may have to face the sufferings and tribulations in your life. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have over come the world” (John 16:33).

Firstly, God is your refuge and so you do not despair. He will never allow you to be tested beyond what you are able to bear. He will also create ways for you to escape them.

Secondly, it is the tests that make you change like Christ. During the time of tests, you hasten and get nearer to God. How the sufferings carried Son of God to perfection, similarly sufferings and tribulations transform you into the image of Christ.

Even the chastening is a blessing for you if it comes from God. It reveals the love He has over you. The Scripture says, “For whom the Lord loves He chastens and scourges every son whom He receives” (Hebrews 12:6).

Thirdly, God prepares you for a great job through the tests. Generally, while appointing a person in Government job, they assess the candidate’s capability, his administrative ability and intelligence. Only after the proper assessment the individual will be appointed.

Look at Joseph. He had been passing into so many tests and sufferings, but at one stage he received so many elevations, in proportion to the troubles he faced in the past. God gave him a high position in the house of Pharaoh. When Daniel was taken out of the lion's den, he received mercy and affection in the eyes of the king.

Fourthly, your faith gets revealed by the tests. The Scripture says, “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:7).

Dear children of God, if the gold which is perishable, undergoes so many tests, are not the tests which help in making one's faith eternal are highly essential? "Blessed is the man who endures temptation" (James 1:12).

To meditate: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13).