James 1:12-14 – Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God promises to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
During times of hardship we must remain steadfast in our faith and love of God. Whatever we are going through God can use it to refine and grow us in Him. If we are dealing with a temptation to sin, this is not coming from God but from something we desire and we can’t lay that off on a holy God.
It is much easier to claim God when there is smooth sailing and things are going well, although a lot of times people will attribute that to what they have done. Then when things head south it is much easier to question and even blame God. God is steadfast and true in His love for us and His character never changes. God loved me so much that while I am still a sinner He sent Jesus to die for me. In the valley, during tough situations is where I have to rely on my faith and realize that God is allowing this test to strengthen me although can’t see it and don’t want it at the time. In retrospect, I can see that during times where I have struggled with temptation leading to sin this was my own want and in no way was this something God put forth.