Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
Fear: Of Change
So He said, 'I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.'
Genesis 46:3 (NKJV)
Have you noticed how most of God's all-stars were movers, shakers and pilgrims? They were on-the-go missionaries. Willingly (mostly), they walked into life-changing circumstances.

But some were forced into places they wouldn't have chosen, like Joseph, Daniel and Esther. Even so, note this commonality: they accepted their new positions with God-given grace under pressure. No complaint. Just faith, hope and an obvious commitment to make the best of (seemingly) bad situations.

Except David and Jonah. They complained. Or Joshua and Elijah. They feared. Or Moses and Jeremiah. They doubted. Or Gideon and Peter. They questioned. But their complaints, fears, doubts and questions stayed in the family. No bad publicity. The result? They fully committed to the changes God ordained. They performed well.

What about the repercussions of coronavirus? Like being sent to hospitals, losing loved ones or looking for new jobs? These changes are difficult to bear.

Two things we know:

1) God commands or allows every change and challenge. He sees the big picture. We can't understand all the reasons for our trials, but we know what He expects from us within them: grace under pressure and excellent performances... that glorify Him and set examples for others.

2) God loves us exceedingly, and we trust Him exceedingly... that all things work together for our good. Because we love Him, we embrace our new circumstances. Like Bible all-stars, we'll end up in better positions than before... and countless people will be helped along the paths of our pilgrimage.

Missions accomplished.

## Fear: Of Change (Part 6)

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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