Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, March 29th, 2020
Fear: Of Lack
So she said, 'As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.'

And Elijah said to her, 'Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ...The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.' '
1 Kings 17:12-14 (NKJV)
My dad was an amazing man in too many ways to count, but he had one seemingly inescapable weakness: money management. Although he worked hard and spent little on himself, he stayed in debt. At 10-years old, I knew how to handle bill collectors on the phone.

Wives might sympathize. This lingering ...lack' of money was challenging, embarrassing... even frightening at times... to everyone except him.

His confidence never wavered. All needs would be met. Throughout his 89-year life, food, shelter, clothing, family, friends and joy were abundant.

How so? Various ways, but God always supplied the needs of the man who refused to worry.

As the 23rd Psalm begins, King David declares, ...I shall not want.' In Verse 4, he confesses his dreadful circumstances, but he refuses to fear: ...I will fear no evil.' Then he says why: because God is with him. The Psalm concludes with bountiful blessings, as did David's life and legacy.

Take home lessons:

1) One way or another, God provides for people of faith. Yes, faith requires work... but He meets good-faith efforts more than halfway. He is an exceeding and no-fail God.

2) Fearing ...lack' gives Satan power. Poor decisions follow. Money and possessions become more important than the Lord Who supplies His children's 'Needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 4:18, NASB).

## Fear: Of Lack (Part 11)

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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