Theme: OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS
Text: “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” – Job 23:10.
Comment: Some people erroneously ask why God did not avert the evil that befell them or could it be that the worshipper was not given to prayer? This question has over the years agitated the minds of millions of persons across the globe. The truth is that prayer, despite its force and potency cannot change the will of God. This is so because the omniscient God, Who, knows the end from the beginning (Acts 15:18), and allows trials to meet His worshippers as a test of their faith and for their own spiritual growth.
Taking right decision to be on the side of God in times of temptation as our Lord Jesus Christ did, is key in overcoming temptations. Jesus Christ, towards the close of his earthly ministry prayed God to let the cup (suffering and death) pass from him if it is His will. “…O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt… O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” – Matthew 26:39,42.
We should pray God to keep us in the hour of temptation so that in the end we shall come forth as gold, as long as we humble ourselves before Him. Job 23:10; 1 Peter 5:6,7.