Monday, August 1st, 2011
Enemies To Success: Retreat
But my righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.
Hebrews 10:38 (NAS)
'You who have forsaken me,' declares the Lord, 'You keep going backward, So I will stretch out my hand against you.'
Jeremiah 15:6 (NAS)
As the saying goes: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And 'going' does not mean retreat. God's stars who follow their calling into the entertainment industry will face many temptations, including home. In this case, I use the term 'home' not as a physical house or city, but as the place without your dream. Recall the fate of Lot's wife when she looked back?
We are not to look backwards, much less walk in that direction.
When God sends us on a mission, He seldom reveals its length or the obstacles we will face. Ignorance of these details is in our best interest. If Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, or David had known the timelines before fulfillment of their dreams, their paths may have seemed too hard to walk. Our Father allows each of us to be tested on our perfectly timed journey to strengthen us and prepare us for victory--not failure.
'Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised' (Hebrews 10:35-36). If you grow weary of losing auditions, living away from your friends, or the cozy comforts of home, complain to God (and only to God)--but hold the course. God will give you small victories and necessary encouragements to endure, to survive, and ultimately, to thrive in the Promised Land.
Along God's path, you will find peace, love, and abundant joy. The great Apostle Paul knew the one and only direction to go: 'Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead' (Philippians 3:13).
Onward Christian soldiers.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Enemies and Friends To Success series.