“A man's heart deviseth his way: but the
directeth his steps”.(Prov 16:9) And again, “Man's goings (steps)
; howcan a man then understand his own way”? [Prov 20:24]Before we proceed further, we would seek to affirm and establish beyond all doubt that
GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF SIN,NEITHER DOES HE MAKE ANY MAN TO SIN OR ENTICEHIM TO DO SO!
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of
, and enticed”. [James 1:14]But though God does not tempt any man or ‘make’ him to sin, yetnevertheless He
lead men into temptation . . . or it would be
to pray – “lead us not into temptation”!
was it who led Christ into the wilderness to be tempted of thedevil? “Then was Jesus led up of
into the wilderness to betempted of the devil”. [Matt 4:1]We recommend a sermon and an article: one by the late C.H. Spurgeonand another by A.W. Pink both titled – “Lead us not into temptation” for further light on this neglected aspect of God’s Sovereignty.Here is an excerpt from A.W. Pink - Note the truths that are clearly implied by these words – “Lead us notinto temptation”
is owned. All creatures are at thesovereign disposal of their Maker; He has the same
over evil as over good. In this petition an acknowledgment is made thatthe ordering of all temptations is in the hands of our all-wise, omnipotentGod.