Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, March 13th, 2011
Circumstantial Success
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
Deuteronomy 28:6 (NKJV)
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.
Psalm 121:8 (NKJV)
Do you know people who are never quite satisfied with their circumstances? They believe 'the grass is greener on the other side of the hill.' They look toward the next new thing--the next purchase, trip, job, friend, church, or even marriage, for true happiness. They do not find it.

Have you known performers who are never quite satisfied with their roles? They're not getting the parts they want. Should they switch agents? Try a new market? Give up?

Here's the thing: circumstantial success (success dependent on location, agents, or fortune) does not exist for God's chosen people. He already promised to bless us in every place and every endeavor.

'The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand' (Deuteronomy 28:8). Note the word, 'all.'

We are just as blessed singing in church as on Broadway, or acting in community theater as on a movie set. God asks from us 'a sacrifice of thanksgiving' (Psalm 116:17) in every circumstance.

When we are properly trained, appreciative, and productive on small stages, we will be promoted to larger ones. As Jesus said, 'Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities' (Luke 19:17).

God is the Promoter. He will tell you when the time is right to move forward. He will open the door to bigger roles, but it will always follow your faithfulness, excellence, and thankfulness in smaller ones.

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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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