Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
Proverbs 24:10 (NKJV)
'I quit.' 'I'm not getting anywhere.' 'I can't do this anymore.'

God forbid His performers from these familiar words. Lasting success in the entertainment industry or (any highly competitive field) is hard won. Many try, 'but only one receives the prize' (1 Corinthians 9:24). What makes the difference? How can we be that one?

The Bible tells us to expect seasons in our lives. 'To every thing there is a season, a time for every purpose under Heaven' (Ecclesiastes 3:1). God ordains a time for us to get prepared and for circumstances to be made ready.

Jesus was in preparation, growing 'In wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with man' (Luke 2:52) for 30 years. Why so long? At 33, He clung to the last strand of earthly life until God's appointed time, when He said, 'It is finished!' (John 19:20). He persevered. So must we.

On the other hand, do you ever feel you've raced ahead of God? Maybe left His will or blessing behind? But if you prayed, received what you believe to be godly confirmation, and then proceeded--don't let doubt creep into your mind. God smiles at His exuberant children.

Be patient. Success will overtake you and blessings will chase you down at the perfect time.

Maybe you keeping hitting closed doors, even prison walls, like Joseph. If success seems beyond your reach, be patient. God will direct you to the supernatural opening He is preparing for you at the perfect time.

From Genesis to Revelation, man is instructed to persevere. 'To him who overcomes and does My will to the end, I will give authority over the nations' (Revelation 2:26).

Quitting is never the right option. Success may be one day away. You are finished when God says you are finished.

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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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