Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Buried Treasure (Part 4: Stage Fright)
But Moses said, 'No, Lord, don't send me. I have never been a good speaker, and I haven't become one since you began to speak to me. I am a poor speaker, slow and hesitant.'
Exodus 4:10 (GNT)
Then said I: 'Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.'
Jeremiah 1:6 (NKJV)
I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.
Matthew 25:25 (NKJV)
Stage fright is common among God's servants before important roles and decisions. Consider Gideon: 'So he said to Him, 'O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house' ' (Judges 6:15).

Consider the twelve leaders chosen by Moses to check out the Promised Land: 'The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature... we were like grasshoppers' (Numbers 13:32-33). Two had faith to proceed (Joshua and Caleb). Ten did not. Majority ruled, and 40 years in the wilderness followed.

Everyone feels fear before a big performance. Even Jesus: 'Take this cup away from Me' (Mark 14:36). The dividing line between hero and heel is one simple word: nevertheless. 'Nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done' (Luke 22:42).

The hero steps forward in blind faith. As he opens his eyes, stage fright becomes God's light. The hero finds himself starring in a production directed by God, and the ending is more than good. It's grand.

Regarding our talents? They're not really our talents; they are His, and they should never be buried. His will is for us to take the talents He entrusted to us into the world for a grand performance to benefit mankind.

To Be Continued...

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