Devotion: Joel 2:25
While visiting our dear friends Bonnie and Linwood Perry; I heard Linwood pray; “Lord, we know a “set back” can lead to a “come back.” The Holy Spirit prayed right through this man of God. What a powerful prayer!
Not many of us enjoy a set back. But oh how we love a come back. My husband and I have watched many a Panther’s football game. It would look like our team was headed for a certain loss and then all of a sudden, the momentum would change and the Panther’s would come back for a win.
God can use any set back to refocus your life. He wants you to come back to total dependance upon Him. He wants you to rely fully upon His divine Sovereignty. He will cause “all things to work together for good.” Your good and His glory. If you will only trust Him. He’s got you and He’s got this set back.
Webster’s dictionary defines set back this way:
to slow the progress of : hinder, delay
2: cost <a new suit will set you back $200>
We do not like to be hindered or delayed in any sense of the word. It’s inconvenient. It could be embarrassing. Set backs can be grievous to our souls. God is with you in the set backs.
Webster’s definition of a come back is as follows:
: to return to life or vitality
2: to return to memory <it’s all coming back to me now>
3: reply, retort <when questioned, he came back with a vehement denial>
4: to regain a former favorable condition or position
We all love a come back or a revival in our lives. God promises He will restore the years the locusts have eaten. The God of the set back is also the God of the come back. Wait patiently upon the Lord and believe Him during the set back that one day there will be a come back.
Prayer in Motion:
Oh God, I know You allowed any set back that’s taken place in my life. I thank You for never leaving me nor forsaking me, not for one minute. I trust You for the come back. All the praise, honor, glory and blessing is Yours Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen