Does God suffer setbacks? ∙

Does God suffer setbacks?

He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature . . .. – 2 Peter 1:4

Isaiah 40:28-31

 28 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

 29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.

 30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.

 31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

What does it take to achieve and accomplish objectives?

Just remember how far you have come whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome (Unknown).

Undoubtedly, each of us knows what it is like to perform some physical activity until we reach the point of exhaustion. Some of us just quit, while others get a new burst of energy and continue.

The best among us, even those with the strength of youth, will eventually wear down. What does it take to see it through to the end?

Our Father has unlimited resources that can allow His children to go beyond human strength. He has promised to do just that. He has made available endless reserves of new strength.

The Father has promised that whatever we need to accomplish His purpose and to become more like Him is already ours. Children of the King have supernatural resources. It is as though He has deposited His power, knowledge, and authority into our personal bank accounts. We simply make withdrawals as needed.

From Chariots of Fire

“I want to compare faith to running in a race. It’s hard and requires concentration of will, energy of soul. You experience elation . . . [There is] no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way.”

“And where does the power come from to see the race to its end? From within.”

“Jesus said, ‘If, with all your hearts you truly seek Me, you shall ever surely find Me’ – if you commit yourself to the love of Christ” (Eric Liddell).


The human body wears down and wears out, but not so the human spirit. When we become weary and suffer fatigue and discouragement, we must remember the Father’s promises and pray them into our personal experience.

Father time and time again, You have done in and through me what I could have never done myself. Thank you for Your promises. Encourage me to internalize them and depend upon them.


The Father never suffers setbacks! He is never taken off guard, and He never makes a mistake. The Father has made abundant provisions for the children of the King. Each child has inherited the Father’s precious and great promises. Simply stated, the Father has already given us all that we will ever need in this life.

2 Peter 1:4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

“The gifts are described as precious and very great. Precious translates a Greek word that refers to high honorable status when used of people and to having considerable worth or value when used of things. In the present case, precious can therefore be rendered as ‘valuable,’ or even ‘invaluable’ or ‘priceless’ (that is, it is impossible to estimate its worth)” (UBS).

God has not only given us all that we need for life and godliness, but He has also given us His Word to enable us to develop this life and godliness. These promises are great because they come from a great God and lead to a great life. They are precious because their value is beyond calculation. If we lost the Word of God, there would be no way to replace it (Wiersbe).

As we act upon and experience the reality of these promised resources, we interact with our Father as a person. He shares His nature and His communicable attributes with us. We become increasingly like Him.

Psalms 19:10 They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.

Psalms 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

What in life is precious and valuable? What is truly special to you?

The Word of God is precious. We must love the Father’s words and hide them in our hearts.

Everything we need to become more like Christ, God has already given us. We do not need some new experience or fresh revelation to help us draw close to God; we have to appropriate what He’s already given (Stanley).

We are not what happened to us. We are what we choose to become (Carl Jung). 

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© Dr. H 2022

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