Thursday, May 12th, 2011
Promises, Promises: When God, When? (Part 4, Conclusion)
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 (NAS)
'But Daddy, I want it NOOWW!' Oh goodness, how guilty am I of impatience? How childish are we when we believe in our own short-sighted timing? How often do we give up when we don't get what we want when we want it?
To become abundantly fruitful, we must grow up. Mature trees yield the biggest harvest.
To become successful in Tinseltown, we must grow up in God. Otherwise, we may become trapped in the 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). Jesus knew His disciples were not strong enough to 'go into all the world' until the Holy Spirit was strong within them (see Mark 16:15).
Therefore, actors, models and talent for Christ must grow 'in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man' (Luke 2:52) - just as Jesus did before he became a rock star. God's performers work and wait for His perfect timing. We understand the Ultimate Director must set up an entire production, and we are but one part.
We know 'the Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness,' because 'not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass' (2 Peter 3:9, Joshua 21:45). That includes us!
We will be patient in our march toward Hollywood; we will 'hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He Who promised is faithful' (Hebrews 10:23). Our trophy is better than an Oscar. It is 'the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him' (James 1:12). We will succeed.
It's a promise.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Promises, Promises series.