Have you ever felt beaten down? Has it ever seemed like everything was just against you? Me too. Even recently I’ve had those days where it just seemed that it was the world against me. What I’ve learned is I may feel down, but I’m not out.
What do you do in those situations that knock you down?
Can I be a bit vulnerable here and tell you, I haven’t always handled those times well. I’ve often let circumstances dictate my mood and my behavior, including what I have said. Unfortunately, that didn’t usually yield positive results.
Those days when it has seemed that nothing was going right, and in fact many things beyond my control were going wrong have in the past left me in a wallow of self-pity.
I have come to realize, however, that there is a better way…
I don’t have to take such situations so personally. I can be pierced but choose not to be wounded.
I can make the conscious decision to thank God that He is bigger than my adverse circumstances, and that because of Him, I already have everything I need for life and godliness.
How to overcome when you suffer a setback
I remember a time when I was learning something new but it seemed like I was in a dance…one step forward, two steps back. Things I tried went from bad to worse for no apparent reason.
I was at first tempted to get frustrated. But that would be giving my power and my purpose away. Instead, I walked around my house declaring God’s truth and thanking Him that He works ALL things together for my good – even the frustrating adverse events.
The next morning as I read my morning devotion, I came across Deuteronomy 33:27 & 29, and it gave me such hope and confidence. It reads, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying ‘Destroy him!’…Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and our glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you and you will trample down their high places.”
Most of my frustration during unforeseen circumstances comes from not knowing how to overcome the situation in my own strength. What comfort it is to know that God will drive out our enemy before us, and they will cower before us—not because of anything we do, but because of what God does. It’s almost as if He’s saying, “It’s ok Baby, I’ve got this!”
No matter what you are going through right now, take comfort in knowing that God is fighting for you. You may feel temporarily incapacitated by a situation, but you are not permanently defeated because God is your refuge.
He loves you and wants to be your shield and helper. Will you let Him?
Even in times of crisis, every day can be a good day when you trust the promises of God.
Today is Going to be a Good Day
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This uplifting devotional helps you make each day a good day no matter what is going on in your life.
When life conspires to drag us down with all of its troubles, it can be hard to keep our spirits up. In times of severe illness and depression, I learned that when I stand on God’s promises, despite my circumstances, every day can be a good day.
Each reading includes Scripture, reflection, prayer, and a recommended playlist song designed to help you live out Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
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