Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, April 3rd, 2020
Fear: Of Devastation
For my sighing comes before I eat,
And my groanings pour out like water.
For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me,
And what I dreaded has happened to me.
I am not at ease, nor am I quiet;
I have no rest, for trouble comes.
Job 3:24-26 (NKJV)
In the Bible (excepting Jesus), who had it worse than Job? He lost his children, servants, wealth and health... in a quick series of devastating blows. Instead of comforting Job, his wife said, 'Curse God and die' (Job 2:9, NKJV). Instead of consoling Job, his closest friends blamed him for these tragedies.

What if devastation overtakes us? To me, Coronavirus feels like a devastation: a direct blow to to those who are stricken... and their loved ones; an indirect blight to millions of people who are displaced from their work, income, schools, security... and life as they've known it.

As we realize some things may change permanently, what should or shouldn't we think, know and do?

1) We shouldn't think it's our fault or that God is punishing us. Christians may theorize, but God's Word says we can't know His Mind or motives.

2) We should think Coronavirus a trial God has allowed to test the metal of every Christian: to show grace (and shine) under pressure.

3) We should know (and show) a rock solid faith, a faith that walks on water, leaps over walls and extends a helping hand or shoulder to those in need.

4) We should do what Job did: take our questions and doubts about these calamities directly to the top. We are allowed to ask why and expect His answer.

5) We should do what Jesus did: set our faces resolutely toward God and His purposes as best we can, especially in the midst of devastation.

In Satan's eyes, the Cross was a worldwide death sentence. In God's Eyes, it was exactly the opposite. Jesus wins. Life wins. Love wins. Always.

## Fear: Of Devastation (Part 16)

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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