Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, June 24th, 2021
Promises & Blessings: The Waiting Game
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
Hebrews 10:36 (NASB)
'But Daddy, oh Daddy, I want it NOOWW!'

Oh goodness, my goodness, how wrong we are!

How guilty have I been of impatience? How much more childish can Christians behave when we trust in our short-sighted timing? How often do we quit and walk away when we don't get our dream quickly enough?

To become successful, we must grow up, because mature trees bear the biggest fruit.

To become successful in Tinseltown, we must grow up in God... and endurance. Otherwise, we get trapped in tinsel, like many of Hollywood's current stars.

Jesus said, 'Behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high' (Luke 24:49).

He knew His disciples weren't strong enough... to go into this dark and tempting world until His Spirit was strong within them.

Therefore, His rising performers must grow 'In wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man' (Luke 2:52) - like Jesus did before His starring acts.

Godly stars wait on His perfect timing. The Ultimate Director composes a perfect production. We're just one part.

We know 'The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness' (2 Peter 3:9). Because 'Not one of all the Lord's good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled' (Joshua 21:45). Through Jesus, these promises include us!

We'll 'Hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He Who promised is faithful' (Hebrews 10:23). Our trophy is better than an Oscar. It's 'The crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him' (James 1:12).

Bottom Line: We'll succeed. It's a promise.*

## Promises & Blessings: The Waiting Game (Part 4, Conclusion)

* IF we stay on the field and in the game.

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Promises & Blessings 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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