Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, September 5th, 2011
The World Wide Web
What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider's web.
Job 8:14 (NIV)
A spider's web is intricate, amazingly constructed, easily repaired, six times stronger than steel, able to absorb more energy than a Kevlar vest, and able to catch live prey which are then slowly consumed unto death.

The World Wide Web is intricate, amazingly constructed, constantly repaired, seemingly stronger than the truth, able to absorb more of our energy than church, and it catches people who are then slowly consumed unto death.

Is it coincidence that God or Satan has titled the 21st century's #1 information source the World Wide Web? Studies show the average teen spends 53-75 hours a week online.

Is it coincidence that the most common nickname of the World Wide Web, the 'internet,' has us eagerly 'entering a net,' as in 'enter net'? Anyone who believes in God or Satan does not believe in coincidences. These names are revelatory.

'He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; he lies in wait to catch the poor; he catches the poor when he draws him into his net' (Psalm 10:9). 'The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set traps for me' (Psalm 140:5).

God's children: become aware of the traps, lies, and seductions of the internet. Enter this web with your eyes wide open. Select sites carefully. Limit your time. Pray for protection. 'My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net' (Psalm 25:15).

Just like the entertainment industry, God will use the internet for His purposes. Resurrected Jesus previewed His plan when 'He said to them, 'Cast the net on the right side of the boat' ' (John 21:6). There is a right side. There is a right use, and there is a right net. Seek God in it.

But remember little children: never play with a spider. He's more deadly than he looks.

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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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