Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, April 20th, 2020
Hope: When It's Vain
When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, and the hope of the unjust perishes.
Proverbs 11:7 (NKJV)
Why do selfish people seem to flourish... with their money, prestige and shiny stuff? They flaunt their wealth and inspire our envy. One question compels us: How'd they get there?

Funny thing: They're delighted to tell us. Publicity stokes their pride and profits, so they share strategies with normal folks, implying we'll thrive if we take their path. But what's their ultimate destination? (Is it truly where the narrow path leads?)

So here's my rather daring presumption:

Whether willfully or ignorantly, they get in alignment with lesser gods (a.k.a. the devil and his cronies). Why am I thinking such a thought? Here's why:

'Then the devil took Him up and revealed to Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 'I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,' the devil said, 'because they are mine to give to anyone I please' ' (Luke 4:5-6, NLT).

In the desert temptations of Jesus, Satan offered Him all the world's glory, because he is earth's temporary king. Ugg. Jesus refused-- and so must we all.

Here's my very biblical conclusion:

Over and over, God's Word promises: Selfish hopes and evil gains won't endure. Sooner or later, they will disappear. We do not wish anyone bad tidings. Like our Lord, we want all men to be saved, so we must try to represent Him well.

But in the highs and lows Christians must face, envy can't be allowed any air time. Godly hope alone is the breath of life.

## Hope: When Its Vain (Part 9)

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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