Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 10 of 52
Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/UqFcetG7wGQ “You Got This” by Love & The Outcome
A “rainbow” painted just for you: Surrendered Expectations – I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. Hosea 2:15 (NLT)
Jesus completely surrendered His will to fulfill the Father’s expectations for His life on earth. Jesus was to bring glory to the Father and make known the good news of The eternal Kingdom. Jesus’ journey on this earth was anything but easy. Matthew 26:39 records Jesus, Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will but as you will.” We too are called to bring glory to God and spread the Good News of His Heavenly Kingdom and how He became The Way in which we enter! He never promised our journey would be easy, on the contrary He warns us of the difficulties (John 16:33) but yet to rejoice with in those difficulties (James 1:2-4) because what is to come will far outweigh our earthly troubles (2 Cor. 4:17)!
If we are honest our expectations stem from entitlement. Jesus sacrificed Himself for our sins so that we could live eternally without any trials EVER! What more do we think we deserve? How can we live submitted to God’s expectation for our lives this week and aim to just be a magnification of His character knowing He never leaves us on our own to do this but has sent His Holy Spirit to help us and strengthen us (John 3:34). How much of Him will we choose to access (1 Thess. 5:19)? We can’t hold to our flesh and fully embrace the Spirit.
Take time this week to read 2 Kings 5:1-19. In verse 1 we see Naaman whom God brought about great victories through yet he suffered from leprosy. Think he ever wondered why his personal battle wasn’t being won?! We see in verse 2 a young girl taken captive to be a slave. You would think she would have every reason to wallow over dashed dreams yet we see her looking to the needs of others!! By verse 11 we see a perfect example of how we can get tripped up, offended, bitter, frustrated because our expectations were not met! However we see once submission to God’s way takes place verse 15 depicts a revelation! “Now I know there is no God in all the world except in Israel…” Might we persevere in our trials with joy (His joy) following the example He set for us on earth so that others might know and believe too that there is no God but our God, Jesus Christ Who loves them and is the Savior of the world!
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: Hosea 2:15 with someone
PRAY/READ: 2 Kings 5:1-19 with someone this week and pray for surrendered expectations.
DISCUSS: How do you find His joy, His hope in your trials?
ACT: Challenge: In a moment when you normally would become frustrated by unmet expectations turn your heart to God and ask that He help you receive His perspective and help you handle this in a way that would bring HIM (Who won you an eternal Kingdom by His blood) the most glory.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read Revelation 21:1-4 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________
*Read Isaiah 65:17-25 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________
*Read Psalm 16:11 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________
*Read 1 Cor. 2:9 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Tim. 4:17 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Cor. 4:6-10 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: _________________________________________________________________________________________
*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?
Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___