Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 43 of 52
Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/zYwNwTqI-y4 “Gotta Tell Somebody” by Don Francisco
A “rainbow” painted just for you: Why Bother?! – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
Ever felt a void that causes you to think… “Why even bother…” ?! Maybe you can’t go somewhere like you used to, can’t do things like before, I mean why even bother putting anything on the calendar… “normals” not comin’ back the voids just too big and too dark. Hmmmm this reminds me of Genesis 1:2 when the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep…. But wait!!! What’s that next sentence?! And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. God was present in the blank space!! Then God spoke and light appeared and land and animals and vegetation and good golly even human beings!!! All this out of a dark VOID!!! Seems we have a God who specializes in work over dark voids!
Remember back in Mark 5, the man who came to Jesus because he needed healing for his 12 year old daughter? Well, right about verse 35 The voices around this man begin to speak telling him hope was gone, his daughter had died and it was too late… “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Have you been there? Why bother, hope’s dead. Don’t give up before reading verse 36, Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He didn’t say that command would be easy, He just gives it to us all. Then what did Jesus do with all those “Don’t bother…” voices?! Check out verse 40… He kicks them out! How many negative voices are you tolerating?!
There is one Voice who’s whisper deserves a listening ear… make sure you can hear it.
That day the father took up faith in the One voice that can speak hope over EVERY void. That dad didn’t get what he expected that day… he came seeking healing but by way of a very dark void he received a resurrection of fresh life!! (verse 42) Our God is about exceeding our expectations, His thoughts and ways are so far above ours and always best! Will you get on board with the process He is working out in this season of your life? Why bother you ask… because you aren’t going to want to miss what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard, which God is preparing for those that love Him! He’s always moving and I believe dark voids are quite possibly where He begins His very best work!
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: 2 corinthians 3:17 with someone
PRAY/READ: Genesis 1, Matthew 5:21-43, Isaiah 30:18
DISCUSS: How has God transformed a “void” of yours?
ACT: Don’t be afraid, just believe.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read John 5:17 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________________
*Read John 8:12 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read John 11:25 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Cor. 5:17 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Isaiah 43:19 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Rev. 21:5 & 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: ___/___/___