“God Is Not Tempted By Evil” (James 1: 12, HCSB) by Carley Evans


Trials, writes James, are to be considered as great joys because “the testing of your faith produces endurance.” Endurance then leads to maturity and completeness, so that you are “lacking nothing.” (James 1: 3, 4) When undergoing a trial, you must not say to yourself, ” ‘I am being tempted by God.’ For God is not tempted by evil.” (James 1: 13) Instead, temptations come from your “own evil desires.” (James 1: 14)

Paul warns, “Let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation overtakes you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He does not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He also provides the way of escape, that you are able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10: 12 – 13, ESV)

See a trial as an opportunity to grow into Christ. “A man who endures trials is blessed,” writes James, “because when he passes the test he receives the crown of life that God promises to those who love Him.” (James 1: 12)

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who loves us and gives us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 16 – 17, ESV)

“Like A Thief” (2 Peter 3: 10 – 11, ESV) by Carley Evans


“The Day of the Lord will come like a thief.”

No one knows the day or time a thief will enter the house to steal the silver. So it is with the Day of the Lord. No one knows when “the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved.”

No one knows when “the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”

Therefore, exhorts Peter, “since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by [Christ] without spot or blemish, and at peace.” (2 Peter 3: 14)

God’s patience is our salvation, says Peter. God delays His Day of judgment in order to gather His sheep to His pasture, so that none will be lost.

“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God.” (2 Peter 3: 11)

“To this end, we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the Name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1: 11 – 12)