Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, March 19th, 2020
Fear: My Whole World Has Changed
'Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!'

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said:

'Naked I came from my mother's womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the Name of the Lord.'
Job 1:18-21 (NKJV)
If I could list the Bible heroes who endured devastating losses, dramatic changes... and 'life as we've known it is over' circumstances, the list would include... everybody?

(I'm trying to think of one star who did not face calamities and epoch transitions.) Hmmm. Coming up zero.

So Adam, Noah, Job, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Deborah, Gideon, Naomi, Ruth, Samuel, Samson, David, Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Isaiah, Jeremiah... etc.... and every New Testament champion had genuine OMG moments. The whole world around them shifted dramatically... and most often, seemingly for the worse.

Maybe that's where we are with Corona Virus. We go along in normal lives with normal plans... and suddenly 'normal' no longer exists. Even worse, the long-term implications seem dire: like a world war, but faster and without much warning.

So what should Christians do? Fear? Fight? Hoard? Plan? Cope? Bob up and down in the waves?

No! We're in the boat with Jesus, and He's at the helm. Maybe we're even walking on water. But we're definitely not drowning.

When we pause to consider how earth's only Superstar (and every member of His supporting cast) handled their challenges...

And how things always turned out for the good...

We hope. We believe. We lead. We adapt. We share. We shine. Because we have a guaranteed outcome and rock-solid faith in the Guarantor. Also, because He calls us to set an example for the drifters who don't know Him... and invite them into His boat.

## Fear: My Whole World Has Changed (Part 1)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fear series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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