Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 13 of 52
Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/tikTlQSPjHs “Provider” by Cade Thompson
Bonus * https://youtu.be/5JkoPtYubgQ “My Life Is In You” by Kieth Lancaster & The Acappella Company
A “rainbow” painted just for you: His Good Hand – …I took courage, for the hand of the LORD my God was on me… Ezra 7:28 (ESV)
I wish I could tell you that if you see me talking to myself, that I am just getting expert advice. However I’ve lived long enough with myself to know better. So why do I catch myself reverting to thinking/acting like I know best?! 1 Peter 2:23 (NASB) states, and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; Now if Jesus had to KEEP entrusting Himself to the Father how much more will I have to KEEP entrusting, keep casting my cares, keep re-fixing my eyes on Him and aligning my thoughts to His Truths?!! God wants us to be obedient to His will so therefore He will not hide His will from us. However I believe He wants us to seek it out earnestly in prayer and in His Word because this will develop more than just head knowledge but rather a love relationship in which obedience to His will flows from a heart that worships in sincerity and truth. A surrendered will to the Father is the only kind of will that can become the conformed will.
Ezra was given a task well beyond himself however God’s good hand was on him every step of the way and Ezra chose to take courage in Him who was far greater than himself. In Ezra 8:21-23 Ezra makes spiritual preparations for a journey before he makes the physical preparations. This shows his acknowledgement that God is the One in control, that he is dependent on God Almighty for protection and that he himself is not strong enough to make this trip without God going first. Ezra knew God’s good promises but he did not take them for granted, knowing that often God’s blessings are opened up via prayer so he humbled himself and prayed. By verse 31-32 we see that God in His goodness, grace and mercy answered their prayers favorably.
This week how might His people who are called by His name humble themselves and pray more diligently in all things just to know and love Him more dearly. This can only lead to a people that convey His heart more clearly to a world so desperately seeking the good hand of The great I Am, your Provider.
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: Ezra 7:28 with someone
PRAY/READ: Psalm 136 and Ezra 7-8. Count how often it is stated that God’s good hand was present. Take note of 7:10 that states Ezra’s heart was set on studying and DOING the word! We can pray for that same heart.
DISCUSS: Ezra 8:28 reminds me that in Christ you are set apart as holy for His service. What and how are you stewarting that which He has placed in your care?
ACT: Like Ezra in 7:28, “take courage” knowing God is with you and is your Provider. Make known your Provider to someone in your circle of influence this week.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read 2 Chron. 7:14, 1 Peter 2:9 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________
*Read Heb. 12:1-2 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________
*Read Rom. 12:2 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________
*Read Gen. 22:14 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________
*Read Phil. 4:19 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Hosea 11:4 & 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: ___/___/___