Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, December 1st, 2011
The Appointed Time
For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.
Habakkuk 2:3 (NAS)
The Bible talks a lot about patience, waiting, and the appointed time.

Satan, on the other hand, pushes instant gratification. Why wait? You want to eat? Dig in! You want to buy? Charge it! Want to be an actor? Give it six months. Not successful? Move on. Find another dream. Better yet, get a real job.

We've never seen some of the best talent in the world, because they settled for a life outside of their dream.

I didn't become a committed Christian until I was 51, a seemingly handful of years ago. I had Christian friends, but like many on the outside looking in, I was hesitant to commit. 'If they really knew you, they wouldn't want you,' Satan whispered in my ear. To make matters worse, some born-again Christians scared me. They were judgmental with a 'holier than thou' attitude.

Nevertheless, I was in a prolonged courtship with Jesus. I just didn't know it.

Looking back, my life could have been joyful, peaceful, and purposeful if I had known Christ earlier. Yet my appointed time had not come. For reasons only God fully understands, I had a 40-year trek in the wilderness that finally ended with a hallelujah embrace. All those years I was pushing hard toward something. I just didn't know Who, what, or why... but I never gave up.

For actors, models and talent for Christ, the timing seems perfect. God allowed the enemy to build the most comprehensive system of communication technology in the history of our world. Now God will reap where He did not sow: the entertainment industry. The reign of wandering stars will serve His purpose.

What purpose? Waking up his apathetic children to just how bad things have gotten. Creating an overwhelming desire for truth. Enter actors, models and talent for Christ. He is the Truth, and we are His stand-ins.

What is your vision? God is working diligently to get everything in place for you, but on His time table. 'When I select an appointed time, It is I Who judge with equity' (Psalm 75:2). God promises your dream is coming quickly and will not fail.

Don't fail Him by giving it up.

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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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