Today’s blog post is inspired by a sermon given by a guest pastor at my church a little while ago now. Something the pastor said really struck a chord with me and I instantly felt convicted to share what God was telling me. Essentially the pastor’s message was about “breakthrough” and our attitudes towards it. Breakthrough is a term you’ll hear used a lot by Christians. But what exactly does that mean?
A breakthrough is success in a particular area or activity (especially after a long wait/previous failure), so it’s no surprise that it is such a popular prayer point. Who doesn’t want to be successful! But I think it’s interesting that we’re so fixated with success and achieving our breakthrough in this life when the Bible is very clear about the trials and battles we will face for the sake of following Christ. It isn’t all rainbows and glitter. Yes, God is the author and finisher of any kind of breakthrough, but the real question of the day is, why do you want it? And if you got it, what would you do with it? Here’s some food for thought on the topic…
Make your prayers sincere and intentional:
In the book of 1 Samuel, Hannah reminds us of the power of sincere prayer and understanding our reasons for why we want to be blessed.
To provide some context, God closed Hannah’s womb and she had no children. But Hannah was really desperate to have a child, so much so that one day she got up and prayed a particular prayer to God: “Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. And she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.”” – 1 Samuel 1:10-11.
A short while after Hannah made this commitment to honour God with her child, God answered Hannah’s prayer and blessed her with a son who she named Samuel (meaning “I asked the Lord for him”). Hannah didn’t just want a son so she could show off to her peers, or for good company, or to tick “mother” off her life goals list. Rather, Hannah wanted a child of God and for God, and her prayers reflected that.
The guest pastor posed a rhetorical question to the congregation and it made me pause, because it’s a good question…
You’ve been praying for a breakthrough at work, in your career, in your studies, or wherever… but if God actually answers your prayer and takes you to the top, what will you do with your success?
Will you use it for God’s glory or self-gratification? When we begin to appreciate the fact that everything we have is from God and if not for God we wouldn’t be where we are today, our attitude towards breakthrough should ultimately change. It should become less about us and more about stewardship, giving back and being the best example we can be to onlookers.
When God decides to put us in a fortunate position, that is the perfect opportunity to give it back to Him.
Overall, the key takeaway point here is to let God remain the centre and reason for all that we do. So when you’re praying for advancement in something or you’re waiting on your “breakthrough”, ask yourself what is my why?
I really hope this has blessed you in the way that it blessed me. Please share it with someone 🙂
God bless you!
“When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.” – Ecclesiastes 5:4-5