Sunday, December 20th, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 49)
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it... to bring into the king's service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility--young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve... They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king's service...
In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all... in his whole kingdom.
Daniel 1:1,3-5,20 (NIV)*
Before every big job, God made sure His heroes were well-prepared. Abraham journeyed long to become the Promised Land's pioneer. As a father to nations, he had to learn what sacrifice meant.
Joseph, a beloved son, suffered thirteen years of hard labor. He perfected his management skills to save his nation and kin.
Moses had to grow up as a prince and grow old as a shepherd. He needed to experience both man's and God's ways of leading.
Daniel was a gifted boy when he lost everything except God. In Babylon, his fame followed years of dedicated study.
Esther was a godly girl forced into an ungodly contest. Her winning title came after her wise willingness to adapt.
David was a brave young man chosen as a teen to become king. Years of lonely suffering taught him utter dependence on God.
Jesus was the Prince of Heaven, Who left the good life to come here. God waited thousands of years, then 33 more, to prepare us.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You're being set up for something big. Roles of a lifetime are planned for you. However long these castings might take, consider yourselves in acting school.** Don't forget what most outsiders know: success follows homework and field work.***
And from you, God requires even more. Like every hero mentioned above, you need two kinds of preparation: both spiritual and physical. Continue to grow deeper in faith, and work hard to grow broader in skills. These countermeasures stop Satan's schemes.
To Be Continued...
* Daniel Chapter 1 in entirety: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel%201&version=NIV
** Instant successes can happen, but they're the exception to the rule. They carry unforeseen burdens, like lottery winners who become miserable. So don't be fooled by (un)reality TV: the great majority of working performers prepared long and hard.
*** Previous AMTC Devotion series, Acting School (33 parts): http://amtcdevotions.org/acting-school-part-1-gods-royal-academy
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.