Today we look at another phrase that is not biblical, yet people say it: “the Devil made me do it!”
If you’re guilty of using this phrase, I’ve got news for you: people have been making this excuse from the very beginning to explain away their sinful behavior. Do you know the first time in human history someone said “the devil made me do it?” The very first people! Eve said it. It didn’t hold water with God back then, and it won’t hold water today.
Read James 1:12-15
So this is the nature of temptation – we see that it does not come from God. God is not a tempter. Sometimes he may put you to the test, but he is never trying to get you to sin. God hates sin! So if God does not tempt us, where does temptation come from? The devil made me do it, right? Wrong. “Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire,” James states. It’s a choice that is made.
I think of those words, “lured” and “enticed.” Have you ever lured something? I love to go fishing. Growing up in Oklahoma, we found tributaries that were absolutely full of fish. We had a great time and caught hundreds of them. My favorite lure to use was the beetle spin. Sometimes fish would leap and get this little thing before it even hit the water. Sometimes I had to give it a little action to make it enticing. But one thing’s for sure – a chartreuse worm with a silver spinner on its head doesn’t look like anything natural that fish may encounter. In fact, I think there’s something inside that fish’s pea brain that KNOWS the bait isn’t real, but he wants it so bad, it looks edible, he’s hungry, so he goes after it. Where does he end up? The skillet!
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.