Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
Hope: Grows Our Muscle
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 31:24 (NKJV)
And David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of every man grieved for his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
1 Samuel 30:6 (NKJV)
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NKJV)
Because of hope's clear connection to faith, because of faith's clear connection to God, because of God's clear connection to strength-- hope and strength (the never-fail kind of strength) are connected at the highest level.

Funny thing about strength in general, but also about strength in believers. To access it: we've got to show courage: as in standing up and facing the threat. Heroes feel fear, but don't let it stop them.

It's that blind step of faith God wants to see.

Once done, He supercharges our engines, giving us the power to push up hills that seemed impossible moments ago;

Giving us the power to push down threats that seemed impassible to human eyes... until supernatural help arrived.

Even before Goliath, young David stopped a lion and a bear in the field, with strength and skill few teens could have mastered. But he did have extraordinary faith-- and David dared to step forward in it.

Throughout his life, he hoped solely on God. When David added a bold action step, God added strength to His favorite king.

We can learn much through David's example.

## Hope: Grows Our Muscle (Part 32)

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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