Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
Proverbs For Performers: Lifting A City
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.
By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
Proverbs 11:10-11 (NASB)
So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouting and the sound of the trumpet.
2 Samuel 6:15 (NASB)
Since the righteous are a minority in a world where immorality rules,* when a good guy wins, it raises the roof. Because long shots and unlikely heroes, little people in a land of giants, remind us that anything's possible--even the hopes and dreams of the humble.

Consider the life of King David. In a way, he's like our celebrities, who are reinvented time and again. He went from a shepherd to a rock star, from a kid's dream to Goliath's nightmare, from a musician to a warrior, and from a plain guy to earth's greatest king.

But before King David's exaltation was a tortuous victimization: a theme song Jesus would come to master. Israel's biggest losers win it all.

In our time, reality TV shows, like Iron Chef, The Voice or Project Runway, were made by spotlighting unknown people on improbable stages of stardom. By result, not just cities were lifted but hearts, cheers and fans all over the world. Impossible was wrestled and beaten. Maybe others could overcome tough odds.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: You carry the Hope of the humble. You are today's unexpected stars, cast by the Lord to surprise the world: walking in love, but not in judgment; bringing the light, but not for shaming; acting so well, both onstage and off; holding new hands, without prejudice, and modeling Christ as God directs.

By result, you'll lift not just cities, but hearts into wondrous revival.

## Proverbs For Performers: Lifting A City (Part 43)

* Men and women are righteous only in Christ.

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. 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 Proverbs For Performers 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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