I read these words in my devotional for today:
God permits temptation because it does for us what the storms do for the oaks - it roots us. . . .You never know that you have a grip on Christ, or that He has a grip on you, as well as when the devil is using all his force to attract you from Him; then you feel the pull of Christ's right hand.
~Streams in the Desert~
His hand, reaching out and holding tightly to mine, makes all the difference! And His comforting words reassure:
I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, 'Do not fear; I will help you.'