Lured away
(The Philippine Star) - August 25, 2019 - 12:00am

Each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. — James 1:14

A few years ago my niece convinced me to play Pokémon Go — a game played on a smartphone, using the phone’s camera. The object of the game is to capture little creatures called Pokémon. When one appears in the game, a red and white ball also appears on the phone’s screen. To capture a Pokémon, the player has to flick the ball toward it with the movement of a finger. Pokémon are more easily caught, however, by using a lure to attract them.

Pokémon characters aren’t the only ones who can be lured away. In his New Testament letter to believers, James, the brother of Jesus, reminds us that we “are dragged away by [our] own evil desire” (1:14, emphasis added). In other words, our desires work with temptation to lure us down a wrong path. Though we may be tempted to blame God or even Satan for our problems, our real danger lies within.

But there is good news. We can escape the lure of temptation by talking to God about the things that tempt us. Though “God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone,” as James explains in 1:13, He understands our human desire to do what’s wrong. We have only to ask for the wisdom God promised to provide (1:1-6). — Linda Washington

Lord, when I’m tempted, show me the door of escape.

Read: James 1:5-6, 12-15

Pray your way past the urge to do wrong.

Bible in a Year: Psalm 119:1-88 and 1 Corinthians 7:20-40

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