Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 79)
A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment.
Proverbs 18:1 (NKJV)
Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NKJV)
Secluding yourself in prayer is good. Everyone needs time alone with the Lord. 'And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing... that they may be seen by men... But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father' (Matthew 6:5-6).*
Jesus, the Man, our earthly Example, 'Often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed' (Luke 5:16). Therein, God guided and replenished Him.
Secluding yourself in life is not good. Thinking of myself (surely too often), I am tempted toward isolation, beyond what is biblical or helpful. Perhaps earlier hurts from those I love prompted me to build walls of protection. But haven't some churches done the same thing? I've been quick to denounce those walls and roofs. Can someone yell hypocrite? I hear you.
'For in fact the body is not one member, but many... And the eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you'; nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you' ' (1 Corinthians 12:14,21).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You've gotten this part right, and I'm glad. Like Jesus said, you go to the world. You walk forward as a family, inviting others to walk with you.
Because the power of One is Three: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit teach us about strength in fellowship. Seclusion isn't the way of God.
'I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them' (Matthew 18:19-20).
To Be Continued.
* Entire Verse: 'And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father Who is in the secret place; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly' (Matthew 6:5-6).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.