Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 91)
Back: Stalwart Backs
He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;

He gallops into the clash of arms.

He mocks at fear, and is not frightened;

Nor does he turn back from the sword.
Job 39:21-23 (NKJV)*
From the blood of the slain,

From the fat of the mighty,

The bow of Jonathan did not turn back,

And the sword of Saul did not return empty.
2 Samuel 1:22 (NKJV)**
You enlarged my path under me;

So my feet did not slip.

I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them;

Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.
2 Samuel 22:37-39 (NKJV)***
A stalwart back is strong and valiant. It ignores every potential danger and pushes fearlessly into battle. A stalwart back is built like a stone wall: dependable and indomitable. It's determined to serve its master well.

If that Master is God, it cannot fail.

Actors, models and talent for Christ, stalwart backs are trademarks of heroes: impressions of unflinching resolve; twinkling eyes shining in daring saints; metal forged in the Refiner's fire; teeth gritted and grinning in the fray.

Because entertainment is a fray: a noisy, brawling competition in a messy, unbecoming field. No holds are barred and few rules apply. For most stars, winning is everything, while losers leave the game in disgrace.

So why should you risk your fine talent in such a dirty hullaballoo?

1. The much greater risk is staying home when your Captain orders you forward.

2. Jesus was the world's greatest player in a brutal time of corruption.

3. He left talents with you to invest, multiply and bring glory to Him.

4. The devil can't stop your victory, but he'll try to scare you off the field.

5. Your stalwart back is a gift from God, so recognize it and lean on Him.

To Be Continued...

* The horse as described in the Book of Job:

** King David's eulogy of King Saul and his best friend, Jonathan (Saul's son).

*** David is a beloved example of a stalwart back, gaining strength in collaboration with God.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination 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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