James has already introduced to us the theme of wisdom in the midst of trials. One of the great trials that the Christian faces is temptation. And trials present great opportunities for temptation. When we are facing trial, one of the greatest temptations we can face is the temptation to blame God for our sorrows. The logic can seem simple: God is sovereign, I am suffering, therefore God is causing me to suffer. But James wants to wisely correct such a view: “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.” This passage roots the source of temptation not in God, but in our own desires. But the good news of the gospel shines in all of this. Our desires may give birth to death and sin. But God’s will for us in Christ is that we should be raised as the first fruits of his new creation. God’s desire is our life and communion with Him.
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