Have we become frustrated with God’s timing, only to see the world prospering with every good thing coming their way? How can we find God’s breakthrough?
Think of a promise God has made, one that has never come to pass. Do we sometimes feel like the saints in Hebrews 11:39? They received not the promise of God despite their faith in him.
There are three stages we must pass through to find a breakthrough in God.
We look at the world around us and long for its success. When our neighbors move on to a better neighborhood, or a new car sits in their driveway...or perhaps it is a new and better job that makes us envious. We look around us at the old stuff we’ve had for years, and it just isn’t good enough anymore.
In Psalms 94:3 David sends a desperate cry to heaven. “Lord, how long shall the wicked triumph?”
Psalms 73:3 tells us that David was envious at the foolish, when he saw the prosperity of the wicked.
We begin to see the world as God sees it. The financial wizards of Wall Street stumble and their excesses are revealed. News of Hollywood’s floundering morals winds up front page news. We see the lives of neighbors we’ve envied fall apart before our eyes.
Proverbs 4:19 proclaims that the way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
Isaiah 48:22 shares the most intimate heart of God. “There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.”
We overcome our longing for the ill-gotten wealth of the world. A missionary comes to our church, or we see a family in the news that has lost everything. A wayward child comes back to the faith, and our priorities are suddenly changed.
We see that God’s wealth is not as the world’s wealth.
In Genesis 32:30 Jacob says he has seen God face to face, and his life is preserved.
Proverbs 15:6 tells us that in the house of the righteous is great treasure, but with the income of the wicked is trouble.
When we realize that God doesn’t see the world as we do, and we begin to look through his eyes, we begin to understand just what real wealth is: Faith in God.
In Job 3:17, God tells us that when we are someday with him, the wicked will cease from troubling us, and although we are weary, we will be at rest.
Psalms 89:34 tells it most eloquently, for in this verse God says, "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips."
The real meaning of a breakthrough is to find what God sees as important. Then we will find that he has not broken his promises, but rather he has been at our side all along.
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