Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, June 13th, 2011
Preparation
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord.
Proverbs 21:31 (NAS)
This scripture perfectly describes the amazing rise of actors, models, and talent for Christ. I call it 'the cool factor meets the favor of God.' He expects excellent preparation from His servants and stars, but the success belongs to Him.

In studying the lives of God's star performers, we see times of training and milestones of excellence along the way. David spent years in the fields tending sheep while he practiced his music and 'Killed both the lion and the bear' (1 Samuel 17:36). As a result, he was ready to entertain a king and kill a giant.

Esther took part in a royal beauty competition for 12 months in order to become queen. She excelled beyond the other maidens and 'Found favor in the eyes of all who saw her' (Esther 2:15). Her work, kindness, and humility won the respect of her coach and the heart of the king.

During Daniel's first years of training in Babylon, he gained 'Favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials' (Daniel 1:9) and ultimately proved to be 'Ten times better' (v.20) than all the king's advisors.

Even Jesus took the time to grow 'In wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men' (Luke 2:52) before assuming the most important job the world has ever known.

Actors and artists from God: prepare. Become ten times better than your competition. Impress your coaches, agents, and casting directors with your excellence, appearance, work, humility, wisdom, and talent. Be patient. Your big break will come.

When the world applauds you, remember that your 'Victory belongs to the Lord.' It is His job and pleasure to promote you. The timing will be perfect. The glory will be His.


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