Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Suffering (Part 36)
Childhood Trauma: Daniel
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it...

Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, the chief of his officials, to bring in some of the sons of Israel, including some of the royal family and of the nobles, youths in whom was no defect, who were good-looking, showing intelligence... and he ordered him to teach them... that they should be educated three years, at the end of which they were to enter the king's personal service.

Daniel 1:1-5 (NASB)
Imagine yourself as an upscale child in Jerusalem who worships the Lord. In the midst of a terrifying war, all of your family has been murdered. But you're spared to be a captive or slave to the king of the invading army. Such was the case of Daniel and his friends. They were taken as boys to Babylon.*

They found themselves in a foreign country, with new language, customs and laws to learn. They were stuck with the men who killed their kin. If you were Daniel, would you despise them? Would this pain define the rest of your life? Or would you try to make the best of it?

Daniel and his friends made choice #3. They adapted to the alien culture. While trusting God, they walked forward in faith.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: If you suffered from childhood trauma, I hope in Christ you have forgiven, moved on and made the best of your life. Many Bible stars suffered heartaches in the sensitive years of their youth.

But also right now, eager young fans still endure unspeakable anguish, and they search for hope in media. Selfish stars show them make-believe joy. So they've led hurting kids to more hurt.

Your rising on entertainment's screens can lead them to the Cure for their pain. Therefore, don't stop. Compete for air time. Compete for them, because they need Him.

To Be Continued...

* Short article: What should we learn from the life of Daniel?

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