Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life. Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer. So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. (James 1:12-16. MSG)
Another translation says, “each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires’ (Jam 1:14 NKJ) It’s that word ‘desire’ the original sense comes from the French phrase de sidere “from the stars,” One of the verses from the Disney song ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ puts that thought in context when it says:
“If your heart is in your dream.’
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do
Fate is kind.”[i]
Perhaps James is reminding us that according to scripture a third of the stars (angels) fell when they joined Lucifer’s rebellion and that we should be careful with what we desire, we might give birth to more than we expected and it cost us more than we can afford to pay, No wonder Pinocchio’s nose grew when he lied. Despite what the song says, fate is never kind; fate is the Devil waiting and listening for idol words that he can birth to in your life, words that stand in opposition to God and rob you of your life.