Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, May 21st, 2011
Be Willing
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.
Isaiah 1:19 (NKJV)
Did you ever watch 'Joan of Arcadia,' a television show based on the premise of God visiting a teenage girl? Speaking through various people, He gives Joan seemingly senseless tasks that place her in embarrassing situations. Inevitably, her funny jobs cause a chain of events leading to good outcomes. At one point, God says He likes that Joan is 'willing.'

Imagine how ridiculous Noah must have looked to his friends in building a giant ark. Think what Abraham's family said when he announced he was leaving an established life to follow an unknown God to an unknown land. What did the armies of Israel and Philistia say when a young Jewish shepherd challenged Goliath? 'Nonsense!'

'But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them' (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Noah, Abraham, and David were willing! We also must be willing to serve God through embarrassment, harassment, and even persecution. To be willing is a star quality shared by every prophet and hero in the Bible.

Performers must be professionally willing to risk scorn or rejection with every audition, role, or performance.

Performers for God must be personally willing to do even more. Total willingness to follow God's calling is an absolute necessity.

Our God is a 'yes' God, and He expects us to be His 'yes' people.

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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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