Do not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart

Early in a man’s career he went into a promising oil venture with some friends. However, he soon ran out of money, so he sold his interest of the company to his partners.

Shortly thereafter, his partners hit a large oil gusher and overnight formed the successful oil company Citgo (oh thank Heaven for 7-11).

Next he went into the clothing business, but that did even worse.

Next he tried politics and wham bam the guys in it to win it.

Eventually he was elected president of the United States. He was Harry S. Truman.

I don’t know about you, but I get set backs, more than I care to admit. It happens, and in some instances there was absolutely nothing I could do about them.  Some of those setbacks were of my doing  and to my undoing.  They have a way of knocking the wind out of our sails.

Repeated setbacks can cause us to grow weary if we let them, even to the point of giving up.

A setback doesn’t have to hold you back, or wear you out.

What if I told you that a setback can be used to your advantage and maybe even energize you?

You see God can use them to His advantage, which is to your advantage. A setback could be a setup.

Have you ever been in the right place at the right time? It feels good right? For me they are few and far between, but when I have that moment it’s a good moment. It’s a moment you taste and see God is good.

It happens in surfing.  You catch that one incredible wave and it’s a sweet ride all the way.  As soon as your done you want to do it again, even if it means you wipeout on the next.  I believe it’s why people golf, they get that one shot, that one 20 foot putt and they want to do it again, no matter if it takes another 18 holes to get there.

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Setbacks have a way of adjusting the timetable.  They get us on God’s timing.  He is calling cadence and a setback could be the very thing that gets us in step. It could be God wants more time to cultivate your heart and character. Think about David hiding in the caves from the very throne he was anointed to occupy.  Those cave times is what developed a faithful noble King. Think about Joseph, his timetable was adjusted a couple of times.

Setbacks have a way of adjusting paths. Like President Truman, the setbacks can get us on the right course for our lives.  You see God didn’t design Harry Truman to be an oil barren, or fashion designer, he was purposed for Presidency.  Those setbacks were not the end of Harry Truman,President they were the end of Harry Truman, rich oil man.

God can use our setbacks to set us up for comebacks, big comebacks.

Our verse gives us the key, trusting God. Not just pansy trust. Its conviction, that will change the world.  It’s a conviction that God will put you in the right place at the right time.

Our convictions about His faithfulness is an incredible vaccine from growing tired.

If anything causes you to doubt God’s faithfulness, God’s plans, or God’s timing consider it your enemy.  That enemy called doubt will drain the energy and life right out of you.

So next time you have a setback, it might sting, even hurt a bit, but don’t entertain any doubt that God isn’t using it to set you up for that moment you will never forget.

Q4U: What do you do when you find yourself in the right place at the right time?