When Pharaoh let the people go, God led them not by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God said, Lest the people change their purpose when they see war and return to Egypt.
— Exodus 13:17 (AMPC)
Adapted from the resource Love Out Loud – by Joyce Meyer
No matter how carefully you plan your progress in any area of your life, you will have setbacks. That’s part of the journey. Successful people are able to press through difficulty and delay and get right back on track without wasting time, feeling bad about themselves, or losing momentum.
Having a bad day does not mean you have to have a bad life. Don’t be like the Israelites in today’s scripture who wanted to return to Egypt every time they had a bad day while traveling toward the Promised Land. You are being freed from the bondage of Egypt and heading toward the Promised Land, where God’s purposes and promises will become realities in your life, but you will have days in the desert. When that happens, don’t be too hard on yourself.
Be nurturing and supportive of yourself, as you would of anyone else you love. Remind yourself that ten steps forward and one step backward still gets you where you’re going. Celebrate your successes, even small ones, and it will help you press past your setbacks.
Consider writing down your victories as you have them. Keep a journal of your journey and record all your little successes and include the lessons you’re learning along the way and the good experiences you’re having. When you have a discouraging day or one when you feel you’ve done everything wrong, read your journal. You may be amazed at how far you’ve come!
Don’t overreact to setbacks along your journey. Remind yourself often of the progress you’ve made.
Prayer Starter: Lord Jesus, I thank you for all the great things You’ve done in my life. Keep me ever mindful of all my victories and successes. In Jesus’ name, amen.