Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 58)
Rejecting Scoffers
A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it.
Proverbs 14:6 (NKJV)
Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;

Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
Proverbs 9:8 (NKJV)
A proud and haughty man--'Scoffer' is his name;

He acts with arrogant pride.
Proverbs 21:24 (NKJV)
Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave;

Yes, strife and reproach will cease.
Proverbs 22:10 (NKJV)
God says, 'Scoffers set a city aflame' (Proverbs 29:8), that scoffers are 'An abomination' (Proverbs 24:9), and 'That scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts' (2 Peter 3:3). Has the age of lusts and scoffers arrived?

In media, scoffing is an art form. It's marketable and desirable. Simon Cowell flaunted it on AI. Howard Stern flicked it on the radio. It's hot on CNN and late-night shows, raunchy sitcoms and internet platforms, where scoffers draw millions of looks and likes. Therein, successful scoffers make big bucks and ride high on tidal waves of stardom.

But tidal waves also bring destruction, so let's recall scoffing's definition; it's mocking, jeering, derision and scorn. Let's recall scoffing's ultimate Target: 'The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating Him. They blindfolded Him and demanded, 'Prophesy! Who hit you?' And they said many other insulting things to Him' (Luke 22:63-65).

Actors, models and talent for Christ, recall these Words: 'Whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire' (Matthew 5:22).* Why such danger for such a small word? Because to scorn someone or something is to hate that person and doubt his dream.

If you've already faced dream haters, you're in the very best Company. You're in a position to be blessed. 'Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven' (Matthew 5:11-12).

Pray for your dream haters, but move on.

To Be Continued...

* Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on Matthew 5:22: 'Thou fool, is a spiteful word, and comes from hatred. Malicious slanders and censures are poison that kills secretly and slowly. Christ told them that how light soever they made of these sins, they would certainly be called into judgment for them.'

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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