Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 18 of 52
Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/jjGMlYywK9M “Christ Be Magnified” by Cody Carnes
https://youtu.be/TunUjHSce2k “Lord Reign In Me” by Keith Lancaster
A “rainbow” painted just for you: Faith Fertilizer – And it is not because I am wiser than anyone else that I know the secret of your dream, but because God wants you to understand what was in your heart. Daniel 2:30 (NLT)
Anyone else with sod issues?! Too often I find myself trying to lay down sod where God wants to cast His seed. So what do we do when our nicely finished plan doesn’t match the growth process of His better purpose?
Well let’s look at Daniel, a man surrendered to the will of God. Everything he did from thought, word and deed was, “because God…” Daniel honored God through his complete trust and humble surrender, a.k.a obedience. He served faithfully even when he was taken captive, even when his life was threatened, even if he lost it all and nothing made sense just… because God would stand with him, because God loved him, because God had great plans for and beyond him. Because God is faithful we can choose obedience even when we can’t find our faith. The fertilizer for faith is choosing to step in obedience, “even when, even if, just, “because God…”.
Daniel’s life always pointed to the Source of all of life. In Daniel 2:30 he states it’s not because of me but because God… such a wise man cuz I tell ya what, unguarded strength becomes a double weakness faster than greased up lightnin’! What God purposes He provides for and that day God wanted to save all the wise men of Babylon and for the king to understand what was in his heart. Daniel was willing to be the guy through whom God worked out His purpose. Are we willing to be His provision? To offer our lives on altar as an offering of obedience, even when, even if… just, “because God…”?! NOT because we fully understand or agree or feel like it; but like Daniel, just because God is God and we are not, choose to step in obedience anyway …because God WILL fertilize obedient faith. “Even when…” and “even if…”, God will always be Himself and He will always be with you. Psalm 46:1-3,5 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (5) God is within her, she will not fall;
Trust fertilizes obedience and obedience fertilizes trust and trust grows faith because He is always faithful. It’s not about looking finished, or trying harder in our own strength, it’s about continuing to grow up in the process, so let’s put a hold on the sod and in humility receive the process of the good Seed together dear friend.
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: Daniel 2:30 with someone
PRAY/READ: Psalm 19:14
DISCUSS: In what ways or areas can you offer your obedience more fully to the Lord?
ACT: Challenge: Take a first step in obedience this week that maybe you have been putting off, ignoring or avoiding all together. Pray that God open your eyes, ears and heart to perceive His faithfulness.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read 1 Samuel 15:22 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Chron. 16:9 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Heb. 10:23 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Psalm 32:8 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Tim. 1:7 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Prov. 3:5-6 & 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: ___/___/___