We all have disappointments and setbacks from time to time. But how do we react when failure comes? Do we become discouraged, or do we pick ourselves up and try again?
Merriam-Webster’s defines rebound as to spring back on or as if on collision or impact with another body; to recover from setback or frustration. Jesus Christ told us that we would have tough times, but He also reminded us that He would always be with us and help in times of trouble.
What is it that allows some people to bounce back while others languish after a setback? What will empower you to become better as a result of a setback or challenge, rather than bitter?
I have personally had my own share of setbacks in life. Whether we experience a setback in a relationship, your health or dealing with unexpected challenges we don’t have to allow them to overtake us. We can persevere, and manage stress and triumph in the face of challenges. Philippians 4:6 says, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
To be resilient you have to be strong in the Lord (Philippians 4:13, Ephesians 6:10-14) We can be resilient and able to bounce back because we know God is on our side and trials that happen in our life are for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28-30, James 1:2-4). Give God the glory after disappointments, in the storm, and after the storm (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
When you have resilience you bounce back after life’s trials and keep moving on! We become stronger and stronger with each passing day. “The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.” Job 17:9 (NLT)
The disciples had come to depend on Jesus for everything, and when He announced that He was leaving them, they felt abandoned. Jesus would not be with them to answer their questions, to teach them or to offer solutions to the challenges of their daily lives. Jesus gave them this reassurance, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18).
The Holy Spirit is our Helper! Jesus sent the Holy Spirit “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26 NIV).
The Amplified Bible (AMP) renders it this way: “But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.”
Allow the love of God to compel you to keep going forward. Trust in the Lord. Cry out to God for help for whatever is bothering you. Say Lord help me move on. Allow Jesus Christ to be your motivation. What’s in the past is in the past. Don’t look back. Move forward. Whether it’s moving on from a past relationship, past disappointments, or past sin, remember God has a plan for you. His plan for you is not in the past it’s in the future.
So, in a nutshell…we can rebound in the Spirit.