Setback? Step forward!


Why do they call it a “setback” if in reality is a necessary step to move forward?

The king of setback is of course Joseph. He dreams of greatness and leadership. Instead, he narrowly escapes death and winds up a slave. If that weren’t bad enough, he then is thrown into prison. He spends some 20 years in forced labor and then as a convict.

But the dude never stops dreaming. In fact, he interprets dreams. Overnight, he’s freed from jail and set upon a throne second only to Pharoah. He orchestrates a seven year famine survival for nations and brings the fledgling nation of Israel down the the Egyptian incubator. Four hundreds years later, they’re a few million, ready to take possession of the Promised Land.

Every step was necessary. Any one of them could have caused moaning. Discouragement could have overpowered the poor kid’s heart. But Joseph maintained perspective! They shackled his hands but never his heart.

Don’t despair with today’s setbacks. In reality, they are steps towards tomorrow’s successes.

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19 responses to “Setback? Step forward!

  1. an encouraging spin on our current situation !

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  3. I pray that this indeed is true and that I will be able to look back and see this as something I had to go through to get to the other end. I have a friend who says she is waiting at the end of the tunnel–she is the one helping to hold the light. I pray that this will be over soon. Thanks for this.

  4. Yes and Amen. This indeed is a very encouraging read. God bless your ministry!

  5. Well said sir. A setback is a set up for a come back! God bless you!

  6. God always has a plan. His plan is not our plan, neither are His thoughts our thoughts. His plan is always the plan. Excellent word from the Lord.

    Blessings to you!

  7. Great message: what we consider as setbacks are really steps forward. Couldn’t have said it better.

  8. Thank you. I needed that reminder.

  9. My absolute favorite story in the bible! I am always encouraged to read it or hear someone else speak about Joseph. Thanks!

  10. Amen! I meant to type in the best plan, but you said it even better when you said to bless and not curse. He is an awesome God.

  11. Thanks for this message, which was preached at church today by way of confirmation 🙂 We were told the hardest part for Joseph would have been in the waiting. No one likes waiting, but God uses it for preparation and to build our faith.

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