Glory Seed Devotional 09/24/2014

A Glory Seed Devotional

The Blessing of Rainbows…

“Don’t forget how the Lord your God has led you through the desert for the past forty years. He wanted to find out if you were truly willing to obey him and depend on him, so he made you go hungry. Then he gave you manna, a kind of food that you and your ancestors had never even heard about. The Lord was teaching you that people need more than food to live—they need every word that the Lord has spoken.” (Deuteronomy 8:2–3, CEV)

I don’t know about you but I’ve never spent any time in a desert let alone forty years. However, I have spent time wandering aimlessly following the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The LORD never told me to wander aimlessly I did that on my own but little did I know the LORD was asking me to make a choice to either follow him or keep following after the illusive pot of gold.

I’ve never tasted manna but I’ve been hungry not just for food but for the gold at the end of the rainbow but it was my hunger that turned me on to the LORD. As I tried to satisfy my hunger I realized even though I was still hungry the energy I needed to keep moving was coming from the rainbow and not the pot of gold. The prophet Ezekiel does a great job of describing my experience. “…as colorful as a rainbow that appears after a storm. I realized I was seeing the brightness of the Lord’s glory! So I bowed with my face to the ground, and just then I heard a voice speaking to me.” (Ezekiel 1:28, CEV)

It was in the early 1980’s when I chose to stop focusing on the pot of gold and chose a relationship with God but the hunger of the quick fixes of life (the gold) are still very powerful. And there are even times when my focus begins to shift back at the pot of quick fixes but then as the light of Jesus shines through the tears of God I once again can see “the brightness of the LORD’s glory” in the rainbow.

By trial and error I have discovered when we turn our focus from the pot of gold and see God in the rainbow we will hear his voice saying, “Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories… I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” (Isaiah 41:10, 13, CEV)

Believe it! Experience it!

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)

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Scripture marked CEV are taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.

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