Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, December 12th, 2011
The Ultimate Recycler
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.
Psalm 30:11 (NAS)
To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
Isaiah 61:3 (NKJV)
God is the Ultimate Recycler. He wastes nothing. Every heartache, mistake, or enemy attack brings us closer to the kingdom of God. How?

A broken heart calls the Carpenter. 'The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart' (Psalm 34:18). Heartache turns us to the One who can fix it and fill it, to the One who will never disappoint us. God brings us new joy.

Our mistakes call the Teacher, because 'Whom the Lord loves He corrects' (Proverbs 3:12). 'The Holy Spirit teaches' (1 Corinthians 2:13) all of God's children--even His prodigals. Jesus offers a no-fail system of grace through repentance.

Enemy attacks call the Avenger. 'The Lord of Hosts will defend' us (Zechariah 9:15). God says, 'I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries' (Exodus 23:22). 'Who shall bring a charge against God's elect?' (Romans 8:33)

The usefulness of despair, dirt, and destruction comes in God's words to Paul: 'He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness' ' (2 Corinthians 12:9). The humility of confessed weakness is excellent compost for new growth.

Actors and artists for Christ: give God your heartache from dream haters, lost opportunities, wasted time, poor choices, and buried talents. He will defend you, give you comfort, bring you allies, and polish your emerging talents. He will put you in the right roles at the right times.

When the Ultimate Recycler is your Father, 'We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28).

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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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