Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 69)
Be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
James 5:8 (NKJV)
Do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:12 (NKJV)
If God is patient, if love is patient, if a fruit of His Spirit is patience, then how can saints justify impatience? Except that our world preaches NOW, NOW, NOW and things are instantly available...

The world doesn't want to wait for marriage. It doesn't want to wait for home-cooked meals. It doesn't want to wait to buy new stuff. It doesn't want to wait for victory, so waiting on God seems ridiculous.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your Role Model preached the opposite. Patience, endurance, perseverance and persistence throughout hard trials are the means for everlasting joy. As in...

Wait on God. He will come. You will win.

His timing will prove exactly right, and you'll see it clearly looking back. But for now, you must practice your faith, rehearse the back step of self-control and refuse worldly impulsiveness:

Not just impulses to buy or get, but also the ones to leave or quit. Therefore...

* Be patient for the right roles to come.
* Be patient for the things you desire.
* Be patient with mistakes people make.
* Be patient with your own learning curve.

Allow God the time to set the stage. Because the glorious production of your life is brilliantly complex.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... 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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