**We were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is about the phrase “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. It fell on Day 32 of this series.**
Reading: James 1:13
James 1:13 says, “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”
It also says in in Matthew 4:1 that “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil”
So God does not do the tempting. God does not put evil desires in our hearts (for he can have no evil desires in his heart)—but he does bring us into the presence of many tests and temptations. “A man’s steps are from the Lord” (Proverbs 20:24).
So as we face these trials and temptations may we remember this illustration:
A great sculptor stood before a massive slab of marble. He took out his biggest hammer and began to beat at the slab. Then he took out a smaller hammer, and a chisel and began to take out more exact pieces of marble. Over time a masterpiece began to emerge. The sculptor finally took out a very fine brush and began to smooth away all the rough edges, and the lingering dust.
We are like the slab of marble, and as we begin to be shaped more like Jesus God uses different tools. Sometimes the trials are like the big hammer and they may hurt, but more shaping is done during these times. Sometimes they are like the fine brush, which have a very exact purpose. Each one of these tools makes us look a little more like Jesus.
Lets hold on and trust that God knows what he is doing through all things!
Today join me in praying for Rod Green, missionary in Lebanon as he prepares to speak at District assembly today.