Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 11 of 52
Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/8Y_epd29OW4 “Save Your Life” by Newsboys
A “rainbow” painted just for you: Take The Mountain! – You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? Galatians 5:7 (NIV)
As a little girl my neighborhood had hills that afforded us good biking in the summertime. There was one hill in particular in which you literally could not pedal down; you had to just hold on tight, stretch your feet out straight and FLY!!! With the wind in your mouth you didn’t breath till the bottom!! But when we reached the end we all yelled, “PEDAL, PEDAL, PEDAL, PEDAL!!!!” repeatedly in an effort to keep up the same speed we had gained on the hill for as long as possible.
How many of us in our Christian race to the Kingdom finish line (if we are honest) are coasting… The everyday valley requires some earnest pedaling… “pedaling” to keep trying new things, keep learning, keep inventing, keep discovering, getting up after failure, memorizing, reading, DOING the Word. We all work for God Almighty ultimately. So no matter who does or doesn’t show up or see or care – HE ALWAYS DOES.
You’re exchanging a day of your life for what you do today. Don’t coast, PEDAL! But let’s not assume we can work up that strength and energy on our own. There was another hill (of mountain size proportion) in my neighborhood that I had to pedal up to get home. At just the moment I would think I couldn’t make it, (sweat beading, legs burning, lungs heaving) a large strong hand would drop down on my handlebars and I’d hear, “I got you, keep going!” To my amazement somehow my dad (while still pedaling uphill himself) was able to pull and propel me up the hill too! Pedaling in sync with my dad, receiving his strength through his mighty hand on me, never once did I not make it to the top of that “mountain”!! (Col. 1:29, Phil. 2:13, 2 Tim. 4:17)
Strength to pedal well comes from pedaling in sync, alongside God in close relationship. As a young girl I waited for my dad to yell “PEDAL…!” first, I followed his lead and I used his strength. Sometimes in our race our muscles will burn and our lungs will sear but our souls will FLY with life because pedaling like the wind next to your Dad goes unmatched!
We are called to be faithful not successful by our standards. Demolish the comfort zone. What assignment big or small do you have in front of you today? You can take the easy way OR maybe since you KNOW God Almighty is watching… you could try… PEDAL, PEDAL, PEDAL, PEDALING for all you’re worth! Who knows that you have not come to this assignment, this class, this diaper, this meal, this job for such a time as this!?!? Do it with a flare! With every creative atom in your body so that you can cast the best of your best at His feet and hear, “well done good and faithful servant – well done!”
**Independent Read: 2 Kings 19. In verses 10-13 Hezekiah experiences someone “cutting in” on his race but what does Hezekiah do in verses 14-19? He takes it all before the LORD! Dear one, receive His sufficient grace to keep pedal, pedal, PEDALING! In His strength you WILL make it! Take the mountain!
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: Gal. 5:7 with someone
PRAY/READ: 2 Kings 19 with someone this and praise Him that His courage and strength is always available.
DISCUSS: In all honesty is there an area you are coasting missing the adventure of PEDAL, PEDAL, PEDALING?!
ACT: Challenge: Notice someone else’s “pedaling” and encourage that. Ask God to reveal where you could “pedal” harder.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read Psalm 118:24 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Tim. 4:18 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________
*Read Col. 3:23 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________
*Read Eph. 2:10 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________
*Read Jer. 1:8 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________
*Read Isaiah 6:8 & 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: ___/___/___