VotD 3/14/19

God is with us in the struggle. When things go wrong, it doesn’t mean that you’ve sinned and are being punished, and it certainly doesn’t mean God isn’t with you. Even if you are being punished, it’s not because God hates you, but because God loves you. God does everything out of love. But one thing God doesn’t do is tempt people to evil, which is what this verse is talking about. God would never put you through a trial that tempts you to do something wrong; God only tempts us to do what is right, according to James. So remember that when temptation strikes, the power of God is with you to endure that temptation. You never stand against God when you attempt to avoid sin. But if you endure – if you get through the temptation without giving in, then your reward will be worth the effort.