• Michael Haldas

Setbacks


“We will ultimately all suffer setbacks—probably many of them. The difference between faith (salvation) and no faith (condemnation) is how we handle ourselves in times of suffering. Do we allow our character to become weakened, so that we lose hope? Or do we endure, grow in character, grow in hope, in faith and ultimately in Christ? Certainly much easier said than done…To cultivate patience is to show a willingness to “suffer long,” to stay in the game even when you are losing and losing big. To be “complete” as a Christian, there has to be an ability to be resilient in setbacks and to remain patient when things don’t go well. It also means to be patient and let God’s plan unfold in His way, in His time.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

“Do you envy people who are able to find something positive in every negative experience? Actually, this isn’t just some natural ability. It’s learned. We can teach ourselves to take life’s setbacks, turn them right side up, and recognize their value…Maturity in Christ is about consistent pursuit in spite of the attacks and setbacks. Maturity in Christ is not about finally attaining some level of pseudo-perfection. It is about remaining in the arms of God. Abiding and staying, even in my weakness, even in my failure.” (Mort Crim, Angela Thomas)

“Endurance is a learned trait…Endurance requires a noble vision. If a person has the grace to see beyond temporary setbacks and difficulties to deeper truths, then the winds of trouble may blow hard in his life, but he is rooted in a firm foundation. No wonder a tree with deep roots stands strong even in the face of a hurricane.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

“The Scriptures and man's experience both bear witness that all things work together for good to those who love God. Setbacks and difficulties there will be, but God turns them into “light affliction” (2Co 4:17, 18; 12:9, 10).” (Orthodox Study Bible, Romans 8:28-30)

“God is at work in your life right now. He is directing your steps. What you thought was a setback is going to turn out to be a setup…Although God loves us, believing and obeying Him do not shelter us from life’s calamities. Setbacks, tragedies, and sorrows strike Christians and non-Christians alike. But in our tests and trials, God expects us to express our faith to the world.” (Follow Jesus, Life Application Study Bible, Job 1:8,12)

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