So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
Jesus gained fame during His ministry. 'His fame spread throughout all the region' (Matthew 4:24). He became the original Rockstar. 'And that Rock was Christ' (1 Corinthians 10:4).
Jesus He didn't chase fame, but fame chased Him. 'All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the Voice of the Lord your God' (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Therein, great hordes of people chased Him, too. They dreamed of getting close enough 'That they might only touch the hem of His garment' (Matthew 14:36).
Because touching Him was life-transforming. Like the woman with the issue of blood, who was healed after long years of illness. 'At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him' (Mark 5:30).
Fame brings exhaustion. Its cure? Alone time. Retreat and rejuvenation in God.
Like Jesus, modern stars feel exhaustion. Because their strength and energy are tapped. Unlike Jesus, most don't retreat to God. Instead they embrace fun distractions- but trifles can't restore godly balance.
The result is increasingly manic, diva, or self-destructive behavior.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Follow your Leader in rest and prayer. To offset the demands of performance, renew your strength in solitude with God.
'Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint' (Isaiah 40:31).
God-time is the counterbalance balance to fame.
## The Counterbalance To Fame
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Counterbalance To Fame series.