Cope Or Hope

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 44 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/ryFS_3eBq6s “Yes I Will” By Vertical Worship https://youtu.be/J90fudWq5XE “Crazy Beautiful You” by Leanna Crawford 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Cope Or Hope – As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30 NIV 

In the wild adventure of Genesis 19 we read about cities burning and people turning to salt.. Well one city and one person but that’s enough to freak anyone out, right! Verse 17 finds heaven giving the good guy Lot, instructions to run for safety; escape to the mountains! But Lot responds that he is too afraid to go to the mountains; he’d much rather just head to a nearby village named “Zoar” or “little place”. How often have we decided we would rather play it “safe” and go to a “little place” rather than take on the “mountain”? We worry and fret and get all anxious over the “mountain” we see and take a detour away from God down a path we think is smaller, safer (as if we really know better than God!?!).

Dear one, God did not die on the cross for us to just COPE with and through life! He took the cross and resurrected from the grave so we could HOPE! Hope in ALL situations no matter how big the mountain looks! With Him, in Him, there will always be a way, always be living hope because that is just who He is! (John 14:6, 1 Peter 1:3) The full abundant life Jesus died to give us will always be found going His perfect way not necessarily His permissive way. 

By verse 30 in Genesis 19 we find Lot leaving “Zoar” or that little place he thought would be safer, why?!, because he was afraid of the people there! Where does he head now?! To the mountains!!! God had the perfect plan all along! Let’s not wear ourselves down to merely coping through life because we have tired ourselves out in detours He never intended for us to take! Today let’s choose to trust the living, flawless, hope filled Word of God and truly LIVE abundantly in all things! Even the “mountain” things… cuz the way you climb a mountain is just one step at time and God promises to light our path one hope filled step at a time.

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

MEMORIZE: Psalm 18:30 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 91

DISCUSS: What are you merely coping through that you could choose to be hoping through?

ACT: Pray daily for His Spirit of hope as described in Romans 15:13 to be overflowing in you. Choose to submit to His way and leading.

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

*Read John 10:10 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 10:17 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 119:105 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Zech. 9:9-13 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 5:3-5 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 12:12 & 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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