Tempting Fate
by Dennis Lee
Published on August 2, 2022
Categories: Spiritual Growth

Tempting Fate

By Dennis Lee

The phrase, “Tempting Fate,” means to do something that we know is risky and/or dangerous and will more than likely have a negative effect or outcome upon our lives.

This is especially true when we choose not to follow God’s Word, the Bible, and do things the way we want, and refuse to consider the consequences of these actions.

This brings us to what “fate” means. Fate is basically the destiny God has set for our lives, and therefore to tempt fate is to do something that severely risks getting our lives off the course set for them by God.

Jesus knew the will and way of God and didn’t tempt the Father by doing something outside His will. This is brought out in a most unusual way in John’s Gospel.

“After these things, Jesus was walking in Galilee, for He was unwilling to walk in Judea because the Jews were seeking to kill Him.” (John 7:1)

One would say Jesus was unwilling to tempt fate. His brothers, however, tried to get Him to go anyway because it was at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles. And while Jesus refused their request, mainly because God and not man led His, He did go. And in reality, this was never in doubt because attending the Feast of Tabernacles was a part of God’s law.

While He was there, He continued His teachings, and when the Jewish leaders tried to seize Him, they couldn’t because “His hour had not yet come.” (John 7:30)

Jesus never tempted fate by moving or teaching without knowing His Father’s will (John 5:19). Even when Satan tempted Jesus to show His divinity while in the wilderness, Jesus declined to say, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.” (Matthew 4:7)

How often do we needlessly tempt fate, or for that matter, tempt God through our careless and arrogant attitude toward life, God’s Word, and our relationship with Him?

One of the ways is when we openly flaunt God’s word by our willful attitude toward sin, like the sexual sins of adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and lust, not to mention the 10 commandments themselves.

We also openly flaunt God’s grace and mercy by continuing these sinful practices, and then having to audacity to say, “God will forgive.” And then we think we’re indestructible and that the consequences of our wrongdoings or our bad decisions won’t affect us.

How can we stop tempting fate?

First, it is through following God’s word, because in it we’ll find His will and way for life. Next, we need to operate within God’s parameters set for in His word, and then, like Jesus pray that God will lead and guide us.

And so, instead of tempting fate, how about we started trusting God?

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Before Dennis graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas he was owner of an office supply and equipment company, along with several other small businesses in Las Vegas. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master of arts in theology from Talbot School of Theology, along with a master of divinity equivalency degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dennis is a prolific writer. He presently has two books, “From Here to There: A Journey to Spiritual Transformation,” and “Wells of Living Waters,” along with other books and pamphlets that he describes as “down the pike.” He also writes a religious column for a local newspaper entitled, “Rediscover the Bible for Life,” along with daily devotionals and thoughts that he posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Living Waters Fellowship’s Website.

Dennis is presently the senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship in Mesquite, Nevada.

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  1. Barb Hegreberg

    Good Idea…”instead of tempting fate, how about we started trusting God?”


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