Setbacks seem normal in 2020.
Dreams are fading. Hope seems lost.
We serve a God that cares about our grief and our pain. He also wants you to believe that He has the power to turn our situations around. God can move quickly and totally shift what is going on in your life.
He can reverse the x-ray.
He can change the doctor’s report.
He can reverse your financial loss.
He can bring back the one that left you.
He can also switch everything at any given moment.
God can order distinct circumstances and divine encounters. He can also connect you with the right people and totally change your life in a moment.
YOUR BIGGEST SETBACK CAN BE A SETUP
In Psalm chapter 3, David penned these words … “Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him. But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.” – Psalm 3:1-4
Just like God answered David, He will answer you. Remember that when you ask a question be prepared to listen. Also, expect an answer.
God often answers prayer by giving a strategy or revealing a solution. It is humans to think God can fix our problems, remove them, eliminate them. God gives a strategy to confront your problem versus a divine suspension of the problem.
WHEN YOU INQUIRE OF GOD, HE MAY REQUIRE SOMETHING OF YOU
Sometimes what God may require is not always easy. God will rarely do for you what He knows you can do for yourself. If God were to do most things for you, what would you actually learn? God chooses to allow us to participate with Him so that we can discover His ways.
Maybe you have some things that need to be recovered or restored. So was the case for King David of the Bible.
“In the day when I cried out, You answered me And made me bold with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord When they hear the words of Your mouth. Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, For great is the glory of the Lord. Though the Lord is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
We have much to learn from this passage. The writer above shares the dark days and there are times that we face similar days. Look at these words…“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.”
Think about the phrase “made me bold with strength in my soul.”
When faith unites with God’s Word, your soul is supercharged with God.
All you need is a word from God that settles deep in your heart. When God speaks, it’s like the lights come on and our life literally changes in an instant. Look at David’s next few words…“You will revive me . . save me . . [and} perfect that which concerns me”.
Think about that for just a minute. God has not actually changed David’s situation; He only changed the way David sees it. David shifts his thinking from victim to victor. His faith is literally unlocked. So, the question becomes, what unzips our faith and zeal for the Lord in the dark days of our lives?
So, you think well yes, God did that for David. But David is a good guy, right?
Well, let’s see, let’s check David’s resume:
He slept with a married woman.
He murdered her husband.
He cringed to fear.
He became detached from virtually every relationship in his family. Not so good!
Perhaps you have lost a job or your health, or a relationship. But I can tell you this, God’s going to use your life and use it for His glory.
Because on your day of distress . . you choose to seek out the One who can make all things new.
Great news…He is waiting for your brokenhearted inquiry right now.
He is more than prepared to turn your worst defeat into your most significant victory.
Now, it’s your turn. In the comments below share how God has turned things around for you.