Christ Himself was tempted by the Devil, and was definitely led into the wilderness by the Spirit for that very end (Matthew 4:1; Mark 1:12). Not all temptations are evil, regardless of the aspect in which we view them: their nature, their design, or their outcome. It is from the evil of temptations that we pray to be spared, yet even in that we pray submissively and with qualification. We are to pray that we may not be led into temptation; or, if God sees fit that we should be tempted, that we may not yield thereto; or if we yield, that we be not totally overcome by the sin. Nor may we pray for a total exemption from trials, but only for a removal of the judgment of them.
Old Testament Scriptures
GENESIS 22:1-2, “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham. And He said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering.”
EXODUS 16:4, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.”
DEUTERONOMY 8:2-3, “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
DEUTERONOMY 13:3, “You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
JUDGES 3:1,4, “Now these are the nations which the Lord left, that He might test Israel by them . (4) And they were left, that He might test Israel by them, to know whether they would obey.”
2 CHRONICLES 32:31, “God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.”
ECCLESIASTES 3:18, “the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like beasts.”
ISAIAH 48:10, “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”
JEREMIAH 17:10, “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
New Testament Scriptures
JOHN 6:5-6, “Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat? But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.”
2 CORINTHIANS 2:9, “For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.”
JAMES 1:2-3, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
God often permits Satan to assault and harass us, in order to humble us, to drive us to Himself, and to glorify Himself by manifesting more fully to us His preserving power. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James. 1:2, 3), but that’s just my take.
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