17 What’s The Good Of Temptation?
“There hath no temptation
taken you but such as is common to man.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
The word “temptation” has come down in the world;
we are apt to use it wrongly. Temptation is not sin, it is the thing we are
bound to meet if we are men. Not to be tempted would be to be beneath contempt.
Many of us, however, suffer from temptations from which we have no business to
suffer, simply because we have refused to let God lift us to a higher plane
where we would face temptations of another order.
A man’s disposition on the inside, i.e., what he
possesses in his personality, determines what he is tempted by on the outside.
The temptation fits the nature of the one tempted, and reveals the
possibilities of the nature. Every man has the setting of his own temptation,
and the temptation will come along the line of the ruling disposition.
Temptation is a suggested short cut to the realization
of the highest at which I aim – not towards what I understand as evil, but
towards what I understand as good. Temptation is something that completely
baffles me for a while, I do not know whether the thing is right or wrong.
Temptation yielded to is lust deified, and is a proof that it was timidity that
prevented the sin before.
Temptation is not something we may escape, it is
essential to the full-orbed life of a man. Beware lest you think you are
tempted as no one else is tempted; what you go through is the common
inheritance of the race, not something no one ever went through before. God
does not save us from temptations; He succours us in the midst of them (Heb.