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Monday, June 10, 2019

Setbacks Can’t Derail God’s Purpose

In review of Acts 27:24, I read “Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you” (NLT).

Today’s verse is from Acts 27, in an angel says ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for God has granted your request and in addition will save the lives of all those sailing with you.’

This reminds me that I need not fear, for God's purpose will always prevail.

Sometimes a setback is rooted in my own actions or choices. I’ve made a mistake. I did something that hurt another person. I disobeyed God. And now i’m facing a storm because of it.

But often, the storms I face in life aren’t because of something I did. Rather, I suffer because of other people’s poor decisions, or even their sins.

Acts 27 gives provides a dramatic example of suffering a setback because of the foolish choices of others. Paul had been unfairly put on trial for crimes he didn’t commit. He was a Roman citizen, so he had the opportunity to appeal to Caesar in capital-offense cases.

On the prison ship heading toward Rome, Paul told the others that they were headed toward disaster. But no one listened, and it didn’t take too long before they hit a terrible storm. But that didn’t mean the storm sidetracked God’s purpose for Paul—and a storm doesn’t have to sidetrack God’s purpose for me, either.

What I’m learning is that God’s purpose for my life is greater than any setback I’ll ever go through. Despite the setback in this story, the angel told Paul he’d one day stand before Caesar and share his testimony. God’s purpose wouldn’t be thwarted.

God doesn’t need a Plan B for my life. Hitting a setback, whether it’s my fault or someone else’s, doesn’t mean God won’t work through my life. When disaster hits, God just fits it into his plans.

When someone else’s decision turns your life upside down, God uses it for his glory. When someone else’s mistake puts you in a difficult situation, God works through it anyway.

When I feel like I’ve lost everything, God does the incredible so I can do the impossible.

I can’t sink God’s purpose. Neither can anyone else.

Bottom Line:
Don't despair, God's purpose will prevail.

What this means to me:
I need not fear, for God's purpose will always prevail.

In summary, never be afraid, for God will work through me for his purposes.  God's purpose will always prevail. Sometimes a setback is rooted in my own actions or choices. But often, the storms I face in life aren't because of something I did. Rather, I suffer because of other's poor decisions. God's purpose for my life is greater than any setback I'll ever experience. His purpose won't be thwarted. When I hit a setback, whether is was my fault or someone else's, doesn't mean God won't work through my life. God just fits it into his plans. God will do the incredible so that I can do the impossible.

Regardless of any setbacks, God purpose will prevail. This morning Father I thank you for this reminder. I pray as I go through my day today, you will use me to fulfill what you want to see. I ask this morning for healing of my body, as I’m not feeling right today. Give me energy and healing for whatever is happening. I also ask for wisdom and guidance in decisions and work related tasks today. Help me lead well, help me respond rightly to others. These things I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen.

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