Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Enemies To Success: Competition
We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.
Numbers 13:31 (NAS)
As the Jews approached the Promised Land, Moses sent a dozen men on a spy mission. Ten returned scared: 'The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size... we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight' (v.32-33).
Two returned thrilled; Joshua and Caleb saw the Promised Land differently; 'The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us--a land which flows with milk and honey' (Numbers 14:7-8).
Joshua and Caleb refused to see the locals as giants. The only giant they saw was God, and that vision made them brave. With Him on their side, they knew they would win.
Local stars who venture to the promised land of Hollywood struggle with similar challenges. Many feel like insignificant grasshoppers compared to its well-established stars 'Of great size.' And they see the place as 'A land that devours its inhabitants.'
Here's the thing: the competition God's performers face upon entering the promised land of Hollywood is not its kings, nor any of its stars. The competition they face is Satan, his principalities, his powers, and the fear he would like to promote within them.
It's a matter of faith and courage. Jesus already won. His actors, models, and talent must walk in that victory. He never said the walk would be easy. Quite the opposite, but He did say it would be exciting and fulfilling--even thrilling. Plus, it is an urgently necessary place to go.
God's stars recognize the competition (who it is and who it is not), and keep their eyes on the only real giant: His name is Jesus.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Enemies and Friends To Success series.