Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, May 9th, 2021
The Spider & The Fly
He sent letters to all the Jews, to the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, namely, words of peace and truth...
Esther 9:30 (NASB)
No one calls for justice,
Nor does any plead for truth.
They trust in empty words and speak lies;
They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
They hatch vipers eggs and weave the spider's web.
Isaiah 59:4-5 (NKJV)
God says, 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue' (Proverbs 18:21). Drifting down from the tongue come posts and texts.

Toward the end of the Book of Esther, Mordecai (Esther's cousin and mentor) runs a public relations campaign. He sends goodwill letters throughout Persia.

Today we've gone airborne with taps and clicks, reaching millions of people... instantly! Connecting has never been easier. Collisions have never been angrier. The Truth has never been tougher to see.

Conflicting opinions overwhelm us. Conspiracy theories cloud the air. Face masks can't protect us from cyberwar.

If 'God is not the author of confusion' (1 Corinthians 14:33), then we must credit the devil who is.

Today, his cons of deceit are global and spin faster than human eyes can track. The source of Satan's spin? The worldwide web.

We stick in the web, much like the poem: 'The Spider And The Fly' (Mary Howitt). Should we fly away to safety? One day.

But in the 'mean-time,' we must still our minds, protect our hearts and harness our fingers. We mustn't become a big-mouthed spider, spinning schemes or hateful words on the web.

Nor get stuck like the unfortunate fly. We're meant for more than that. We are eagles.

Mordecai sent out 'Words of peace and truth.' We're wise when we follow his example.

## The Spider & The Fly

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. 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 The Spider & The Fly 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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