Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 1)
I AM: To Be Feared
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

To know wisdom and instruction,

To perceive the words of understanding,

To receive the instruction of wisdom,

Justice, judgment, and equity;

To give prudence to the simple,

To the young man knowledge and discretion--

A wise man will hear and increase learning,

And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,

To understand a proverb and an enigma,

The words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:1-7 (NKJV)
If Proverbs can be compared to poems, saying a lot in a handful of words, then God's Proverbs also give nourishment. They deliver wisdom to hungry souls, like an amazing drive-through restaurant. Our immediate needs are filled quickly, with rich, life-sustaining, bite-sized Morsels.

If Proverbs can be compared to jewels, giving Their readers valuable advice, then God's Proverbs also bring abundance. They provide riches we cannot earn: uncountable treasures of joy and peace. Safety and success are fringe benefits of these life-enhancing, power-packed Gems.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Proverbs for performers are crucial. They will enlighten the path ahead. You won't trip on bad family roots or diabolical stumbling blocks, cleverly hidden from human eyes. You'll see more clearly in media.

Now consider this Book's beginning; the fear of the Lord stands at Its start: fear as in a reverential awe, fear as in a choice of life or death, fear as in knowing you are nothing and have nothing outside of His Will, fear as in your entire destiny lies in the decisions of the Lord.*

Personally, here's what frightens me: I'm afraid of not revering God. I'm afraid of not reading His Word. My fear is more than just reverence. While many persecuted brethren can't study His Good Book like we can, they worship in grave sincerity. But for us who enjoy such freedom? We're wise to take it seriously.

'For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required' (Luke 12:48). So let's study Proverbs like a script. No screen play will ever mean as much.

To Be Continued...

* Short article: What does it mean to have the fear of God?

* Previous AMTC Devotion Series, Fear The Lord (4 parts):

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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