Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
Fear: The Boomerang Effect
The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted.
Proverbs 10:24 (NKJV)
Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
Proverbs 28:10 (KJV)
Boomerangs are clever devices that come back to the hand of the hurler, sometimes with negative consequences. God's into irony.* By His Hand, perps fall into the pits they dig for others. They reap what they sow...

Because the Lord of Hosts is the God of perfect justice, and He seems to enjoy a good smirk from time to time. That being said, His justice system is far more than an 'I told you so' punishment.

God's into teaching. Sometimes, He makes the connection between crimes and consequences so clear, that even the slowest among us can't help but get it.

Where fear is concerned, the boomerang effect removes the fear of victims and places it where it belongs: in the hearts of villains... until such time as they repent (if they do).

Conclusions?

1) Vengeance is God's... not ours. David exampled wisdom when he refused to kill Saul, although vengeance seemed justified at the time.

2) When the boomerang effect hits an evildoer, do not celebrate or gloat,** because God is merciful, and we sin, too. Jesus orders us to love and bless our enemies.

## Fear: The Boomerang Effect (Part 21)

* Short articles:

* The Irony Of God: https://restoreourfaith.com/2016/08/11/the-irony-of-god/

* Isn't It Ironic? https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/isnt-it-ironic

** Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him,
And He turn away His wrath from him.
Proverbs 24:17-18 (NKJV)

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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