Ships Sail Or Fail On The Fuel Of “What if…”

2020-08-11 11.20.48

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 35 of 52

Song picks of the week: “What If” by Matthew West “What If We” by 3FOR3

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Ships Sail Or Fail On The Fuel Of “What If…”- But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. Acts 5:39 (NIV) 

“What if’’s” take us in one of two directions. We can formulate “What if’’s” in our mind that stop all forward motion in our lives; “What if I fail?!” OR we can formulate “What if’s” in our lives that launch us forward in faith; “What if I sail?!”. The key is the wisdom to know what fuels your “what if”. 

Solomon yoked up with Hiram (1 Kings 10:22) setting sail trading ships of Tarshish once every three years with great success! Jehoshaphat however yoked up with the enemy (quite possibly with the best of intentions) (2 Chron. 20:36, 1 Kg. 22:48) and yet their trading ships for Tarshish were destroyed in their home port even before setting sail!   

I believe the difference is clearly seen in Matthew 14, yet another ship story. Verse 22 tells me God made them get in the boat and God sent them out to go before Him. Yes there was a severe storm but when it’s God who sends you out, yokes you up and is your rear guard (Is. 52:12) your ship will sail and not fail! 

How do we know if God is behind us? Has God commanded you like He did Peter in Matt. 14:29 to “come.”? The confirmation is in the command dear one. Peter was the first (and only) regular guy to walk on water (W.O.W.) and he got no details, just the command to “Come.” But see, Peter was of the mindset… “What if it’s God?! (Matt. 14:28) Peter didn’t say, “What if it’s not real guys, what if I’m just seeing things, hearing things?! Well you better just hide me under these sandbags friends cuz I’m out! The waves are too big, the wind too strong, I’m no match.” No! Peter’s pallet was wet for adventure and God had sent his boat out! We only get one life… let’s not leave anything left over that He intended for us to use! Peter stepped out of the boat that day… and sank. Yes, but it was not because he had not been given the ability to walk on water (w.O.W.) or that he had not heard the call correctly to come… Peter sank because he doubted (Matt. 14:31, James 1:6). We won’t ever sail to truly amazing heights in our own abilities. Only as long as we are stayed in Him, fixed on Him and not on the impossibilities of the circumstances around us will we “walk on water”. Let God worry about the impossibilities as we just fix our heart and mind on I-AM-possible. (Ex. 3:14, Matt. 19:26)

Today ask your “what if…” in faith. Listen for His command and obey without doubt, this, no doubt, is not easy. Jesus waited until the fourth watch to come out to the men in the boat during the storm that night… the FOURTH WATCH! Anyone else feel like they are in the fourth watch of the night (that is the last one and in a storm it can feel like FOREVER to get that last watch just before day break right!!!!?!!) However God never lost sight of that boat containing a most precious cargo, He never lost control of the storm so why did He wait? Sometimes it takes a storm to find your worship, to gain weight in the area of trust and it’s trust that enables our boat to sail on the heights of the waves without falter! (Matt. 14:33) Let’s use the storm to strengthen our trust in His timing and total control.

If God has sent out your boat, trust His voice if He calls YOU out… Trust Him. P.S. (Peter Say’s) “…and if you happen to falter on the pitch like I did, just remember, you got no better Catcher.” But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out. “Lord save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him… (Matthew 14:30-31) Has He put wind in your sail?! Oh What if you “sailed” today dear one! What if you sailed!! 

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

MEMORIZE: Acts 5:39 with someone

PRAY/READ: Matthew 14:22-33 and Isaiah 41:9-10

DISCUSS: What “what if’s” are circling your heart today? How are you investigating what fuels them? Faith or fear?

ACT: Sometimes the hardest call or command God can give is to stay. Act on what He has called you to do today and whether it is to physically go or stay, always stay your mind and heart on Him and don’t doubt – choose trust.

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

*Read Matt. 11:28-30 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read James 4:8 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 40:31 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Habakkuk 3:19 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 139:5 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 11:29 & 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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