Pain Craves A Bite Stick

2020-05-27 13.15.12

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 25 of 52

Song picks of the week: “Blessing I Can’t See” By Building 429 “Promises” by Maverick City 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Pain Craves A Bite Stick – Paul wanted to go in, too, but the believers wouldn’t let him. Acts 19:30 (NLT)

I broke a bone quite badly when I was younger and I was determined to be too tough to cry. Just before they were going to reset it my dad laid his two fingers beside me on the hospital bed without a word. A good dad has the ability to see beyond the facade and meet you there in a way that doesn’t destroy your dignity but rather divulges divine strength. (John 14:27, 2 Cor. 1:3, Is. 41:13)

My dad didn’t wait or make me ask for his strength; in all it’s fierceness it was quietly laid down beside me for the taking. I grabbed hold of those two mighty fingers that completely filled my grasp and squeezed for all I was worth as they completed the reset procedure. I imagine there may still be grip marks on those two fingers of his, even now several decades later… but I didn’t cry! Somehow though, I knew in front of my dad it would have been okay if I did. It takes our Heavenly Father’s strength to make any of us truly strong enough. (2 Cor. 12:9-11; 4:7-9)

In Acts 19:23-41 Paul experiences two of his friends dragged off into an arena (good rarely happened in the arena). Paul desperately wanted to go to his friends, probably to even exchange places with them. I wonder if maybe he even felt guilty as if it was his fault his friends had been drug there in the first place. As desperately as Paul’s heart longed to be able to do ANYTHING to change the circumstances, he could not. He had to trust that the God who loved his friends unfathomably more than he did would be who He promises to be to them, for them, and with them when he himself could not. 

Job in chapter 7 questions what God is doing and it’s not until chapters 38 (Yes, 31 chapters later!) that Job begins to gain a better understanding. 2 Tim. 1:12 promises He is able to guard what we have entrusted to Him until the day of Jesus. Matt. 11:6 encourages us not to fall away because we get a “no” instead of the “yes” we prayed for. God has already given us the ultimate “yes” in Jesus (2 Cor. 1:19). Isaiah 41:13 states, For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. God will not force us to take His hand in our pain but it’s laid out in all it’s fiercely gentle, ultimate strength right beside us if we’ll take it. Dear one, He can handle your grip, He can shoulder your burden, He can guard that which you have entrusted to Him until the day of Jesus’ return. 

The world knows pain craves a bite stick and is all too willing to take advantage of all that we do not yet understand. Jesus’ nail scarred hand, the hand that carried the cross all the way to hell so that you could have an ultimate “yes” to your soul’s deepest desire will give you the strength to carry your cross all the way, for His glory. Trust His nail pierced hand; let it be what you cling to in your pain, fear, discouragement, doubt, and in all your successes too. Look at His hand through His faithful Word and you’ll see there is nothing stronger.

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Acts 19:30 with someone

PRAY/READ: 2 Corinthians 4:18 Pray for God to use situations and circumstances out of your control in someone’s life to increase their faith and trust in who He is. That the enemy would not gain a foothold but that they be drawn closer through this trial rather than fall away from faith in Jesus.

DISCUSS: When have you found God faithful like Job did even if you had to wait “31 chapters”? Maybe you are still waiting. How do you see Him working in your “waiting room”?

ACT: As you record your “rainbows” each day ask God for some way to appropriately share your joy in Him.

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read 1 Cor. 15:43 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Peter 1:3 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 30:18 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Cor. 13:12 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 6:38 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Deut. 30:6  & 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: ___/___/___

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