Setbacks – Devotion 148

Whenever we are working to accomplish something, there will inevitably be setbacks.  There are those issues that arise.  There are temptations to go a different direction.  There are roadblocks that seem to tell us we are doing it all wrong.  There are people that are not only not supportive but are naysayers.  They make us question what we are doing and why.  It could be that these people are right and we need to take a second look.  It could also be that these people do not have our best interest in mind and we should move on.  Regardless, there are setbacks we encounter to any plan.  What do we do when we are faced with these?

When we run into a roadblock or a setback, all too often we simply stop.  We collapse under the weight of the task.  Our momentum is interrupted and we find ourselves ready to quit.  That’s the easy route.  If we are exercising, for instance, and we have a minor injury, we can stop exercising or find something else to do while we heal that can help.  If we are trying to eat right and don’t lose the weight we wanted or mess up on our plan, we could eat a whole cake or we could simply keep on the right path knowing that progress is slow.  If we are following God’s plan for our lives but nothing seems to go right, we could just abandon the plan and do what we want.  Or we could continue to seek God’s guidance as he leads us through the difficult terrain.  How we react to setbacks has a lot to do with our accomplishments.  

Today, if you find yourself in a tough spot, stop for just a moment.  Is what you are doing pleasing to God?  Are you helping yourself to become a better person?  Are you growing through the process in a positive way?  Is the end goal where God would want you to be?  If this is a yes, press forward.  If it is a no, reevaluate the plan.  Where is God leading you?  How is he helping you to become more like the beautiful creation he knows you can be?  Seek this.  Seek HIM.  Setbacks are temporary.  Accomplishments for God are life changing.  Don’t let a setback stop you today.  Keep moving forward.

Focus Scripture:

Psalm 23:1-3

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters; 
    he restores my soul. 
He leads me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.

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