1 Kings 17:3-4 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
Doing what you feel like doing or whatever comes to mind will keep you in a season of setbacks longer than you would want. Trusting God by doing what his word says is what will create your turnaround.
Almost all of the bible characters that we read about had a period of setback in their lives. Shortly after God called Abraham to leave Haran and go to Canaan, he experienced a time of famine. Isaac too experienced another famine (Genesis 26). Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt and then later found himself in prison. Moses killed an Egyptian and had to go into hiding for 40 years in the wilderness. Naomi and Ruth both lost their husbands and Job lost everything that he had. The hidden message is that on your road to greatness, the likelihood that you will face setbacks of some form is very high.
Your response to the setback will determine if and how soon you come out of it. The key to getting out of it is to trust God in times of setbacks. Trusting God is not something that you say, it is something that you do. The real evidence that you trust God is doing what his word says. That was epitomized by Elijah in 1 Kings 17. God used him to prophesy that there would be no rain for 3 years, not only did this affect Israel; it disrupted his usual food supply. His approach to keep food on the table was to trust God by acting on what God says. In the first instance, God told Elijah to go by the brook Cherith for He had commanded ravens to feed him there. Elijah did as he was told and ravens fed him bread and flesh every morning and evening. If Elijah had chosen not to trust the word of God and went to any other place he would have cut off his provision. When that brook dried up God sent him to the widow of Zarephath for provision, again he trusted the word of God and did as he was instructed and was blessed with sustenance throughout the rest of the famine.
Setbacks can be difficult to deal with; if you are not careful you can make life altering mistakes. The only recovery technique that has proven to work is to trust God enough to do what his word says you must do.
Life Application: Rather than base your decision on your feelings, recover from your setback by basing your decision on what God word say
Prayer: Lord, help me to trust me during my season of setback. More importantly, allow me to follow your instructions even when they make no sense to me and others around me. In Jesus name, amen.