Saturday, November 19th, 2016
Do-Gooders (Part 4)
The Eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.
Proverbs 15:3 (NASB)
For His Eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps.
Job 34:21 (NASB)
And there is no creature hidden from His Sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the Eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.
Hebrews 4:13 (NASB)
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)
Before Shakespeare said: 'All the world's a stage,*
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts'...
'Noah found grace in the Eyes of the Lord' (Genesis 6:8).
Because Noah and other Bible stars played their lives for the Audience of One.** With Him on their side, who could defeat them?***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Since God watches every move you make, since prior stars are watching you too, since future stars need good examples, remember your target Audience. If the Lord is applauding for you, your rise will be bright and permanent.
Satan seeks to control worldly stars, by bribing them with status and perks. Temporarily, he can do it, because God gave him authority to award trophies, trinkets and cash.**** But the forever part of their path may be a sadly wrong direction.
So while you do good in Hollywood...
Always give God your uppermost nod.
Then follow His lead with godly speed.
You'll gain the most through His Holy Ghost.
And while you spar to become a star,
Honor His Son before everyone.
'For the Eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him' (2 Chronicles 16:9).
To Be Continued...
* Speech from Shakespeare's play, As You Like It (which may be true in part, but has a gloomy conclusion, as may lives lived separately from Christ): https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/56966
** Another Bible star who played primarily for God was King David: Psalm 13:1-18: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+139%3A1-18&version=NASB
*** 'If God is for us, who can be against us?' (John 8:31). See God.s Everlasting Love: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A31-38&version=NKJV
**** Satan tempts Jesus: 'Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours' ' (Luke 4:5-7).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.