Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
Hope: Amidst COVID-19
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
Will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
He is my God, and I trust Him.
For He will rescue you from every trap,
And protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with His feathers.
He will shelter you with His wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Psalm 91:1-4 (NLT)
As we continue to keep our distance, COVID-19 continues its rampage: stealing, killing and destroying people, incomes, occupations... and hope? I trust not. I trust God and hang on His every Word.

So let's consider the overall plot and be actors who study the breakdowns:

The Plot:

We're in a big world war with pestilence. We weren't prepared. We got caught by surprise. The enemy loves our naivety and stepped into our shock to wreak havoc. Even so, we pulled ourselves together. Heroes emerged in every hospital, risking everything to help the helpless.

The Breakdowns:

1) Life as we know it was stolen from us: work, school, church, pay and social gatherings. We turn back to the Source of all life: God. We start to reset our priorities, count the blessings still present, and we wait. In these faithful actions, we please the One Who will rebuild, restore and renew us.

2) Millions are sickened and many are killed. What good can possibly be found in this? A) Greater appreciation of loved ones, as families and friends are brought closer. B) Remembrance that death is a door we face. When our turn comes, we're wise to be prepared. Yes, we mourn, but not quite as others do.

3) Our enemy's #1 objective is to destroy hope, faith and love in God. Because without them, we are living dead. But he lost big once, and he's losing now. We refuse to give up these three lifelines. God promises hope will not disappoint, faith will move mountains and love never fails.

The Coronavirus will surely lose.

## Hope: Amidst COVID-19 (Part 2)

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