Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, January 12th, 2020
Proverbs For Performers: Understanding Loss
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
Proverbs 3:5-7 (NKJV)
People want to understand everything...

So we have teachers in every subject, universities in every city, best-selling authors on every bookshelf, credentialed consultants in every field, expert commentators spinning the news, and celebrity judges on The Voice.

Politicians define our government.
Psychologists define our sanity.
Medical specialists define our health.
Scientists define our evolution.
Advertisers define our happiness.
Media idols define our values.
Media meisters define our culture.
Prominent pastors define the Bible...

But who can fully define suffering? Or why bad things happen to good people?* Or why some succeed while others do not? Or why some are healed while others still hurt?

Why can't our lives include a how-to book, with ten easy steps to our golden crowns? Why can't our paths be like a sprinter's race, with clear lanes and an ending we can see? Why can't God reveal our steps in advance?

Actors, models and talent for Christ: God did give us the best how-to Book, but the steps He orders aren't easy. A disciple's life isn't a sprint, but a daily test of endurance:

'Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross...' (Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV).

We're not meant to know every answer. Only God can handle such brilliance. But we are meant to keep believing the One Who suffered with and for us.**

So let's depart from evil conceits and let the proud ones run in circles, explaining the unexplainable in logic soon coming to nothing. Let's follow Jesus straight up to God. He alone understands our questions. He alone understands our losses.

All suffering is a test of faith.

## Proverbs For Performers: Understanding Loss (Part 12)

* Previous Devotion: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

** 'If indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us... And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose...'

'Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: 'For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.' Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord' (Romans 8:17-18, 28, 35-38). Read Romans 8:

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers 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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