A setback is a setup for a reset

Published 6:00 am Friday, April 24, 2020

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God reset the world after the great flood. God reset the Jewish people after bringing them out of captivity. God reset the face of religion when he sent Christ to the earth, to the cross, to the grave and brought him home to heaven.

The world had to reset after each world war, each Vietnam, Korean conflict, Middle Eastern conflict and the list goes on and on. America reset after the tragic attacks of 9/11.

Our world right now is having to reset and will continue to do so.

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When a person accepts Christ in their life, they are getting a reset.

At a particular point in his ministry, Peter came across a crippled beggar in Acts, chapter 3 verses 1-10. This man who had been lame since birth was carried back and forth by others to the temple area to beg for money each day. This was his daily routine, the only way he knew to live life.

This man had known no other way since birth. And the people around him accommodated him. They helped him to live the only life he came to know. This beggar was born into circumstances he could not overcome. But then one day, he received a reset.

He encountered Peter as we find in verses 6-8 of Acts chapter 3 and Peter doesn’t give him money, he doesn’t accommodate his way of life, nor does he accept his way of thinking. Instead, here is what happens.

6. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7. Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

A reset. A change. Something new, something different, something unexpected.

This man expected pity, money, sympathy. It is what he had received all of this life. It was what he was used to. But what he received was healing. Something new, something he could have never expected.

Sometimes God gives us something we don’t expect. He gives us something we don’t ask for. Sometimes he gives us an opportunity to start over, to get a second chance, to get a reset. Look for the opportunity for a reset.

When life gives you a setback it’s a setup for a reset. Write that one down if you like. A setback is a setup for a reset.

Maybe it’s time we change the attitude towards the set back and start seeing it as a set up.

God is the God of new beginnings. Maybe today is the day for you to receive a new beginning, a reboot, a remake, a reset. Let your setback be the set up you need for a reset.

REV. BARRY VASSAR is pastor at Fitzgerald Memorial Baptist. He can be reached at fitzgeraldmemorial@gmail.com.