Setbacks and Setups
I remember as a kid, I used to be fascinated with slingshots. Simple contraptions made with a stick and a elastic rubber band, with which I used to pretend to be a mango hunter. The trick with the slingshot was that the further you pull the sling back, the farther stone will fly.
Christian life is built like a stone in a sling shot. We might feel like we are not progressing, sometimes even regressing. But for every setback, God has a comeback.
The Lord knows our weaknesses and He sees every drop of tear shed. Sometimes its in His will to hold us back for a moment to release us into greater glory. He is involved in every minute detail of your life.
the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears are open unto their cry. Psalms 34:15
Each encounter with God deepens our relationship with Him.
Genesis 21:10- Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
Even Hagar who was wandering in the wilderness understood the goodness of God. Hagar's only son is her dream/future. She put him under the bush. She didn’t want to see her future/son dying. Abraham's provisions were too little for her.
Man's provision was exhausted on the way.
But God can bring up a well even in the wilderness. When man's provision is finished, God will open his storehouses
Rejection doesn’t define you, it refines you. Your wilderness is not the end of your journey. After the season of rejection, there is a season of upliftment.
Her dream was shattered for a moment. But at the right time, the angel of the Lord appeared before her and planted a new seed for the future.
There is a solution on the way.
But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:1,2- 1