Downcast. Who didn’t feel that this year? If you haven’t, I wouldn’t say I’d envy you, but I’d say, good for you. However, most of us have felt stress, a little bit hopeless (because you can’t kill hope, can you?), and even worry for at least once this year.
I wouldn’t deny that myself. Even I have felt it, and sometimes so deeply. I’ve had questions about what’s going to happen, or is something good out there gonna come its way to me, or if my hopes and dreams are still gonna come… and when?
We’ve had uncertainty before, and it seemed to spike this year. So, we begin to question again…
God, is my breakthrough still coming? When?
Although that’s what we’re all asking, there’s something that we must learn before we decide what breakthrough to wait for.
Before waiting for any breakthrough, the ultimate one, second to none, is the one that has already come in flesh—Jesus. The package of His work on the cross, our salvation, the love He showed, the life with joy and gladness, it’s the greatest one there is.
That one has already been available to anyone, but you can’t receive and experience that breakthrough unless you decide for yourself to.
(If you don’t know Jesus yet, and if you haven’t received Him as your Lord and Savior, and if you want to experience that breakthrough in your life today, feel free to message me here.)
When we have Jesus, we create our life’s breakthroughs not from the view of self satisfaction, doubt, and confusion, but from the view of obedience, faith, and victory in Him.
There are two possible answers to our main question. First is this:
Not if you desire the wrong things.
It pays to choose what battles to fight for. The same thing with what we desire. Our desires are where we spend most of our time into. We care and work for it.
And we don’t want to waste our life wanting and chasing the wrong things, right?
One thing about breakthroughs is that the ones we have in mind are limited and commonly world-influenced, which is a lot of times out of envy and self satisfaction.
I’d like to not say things in specific, but most of the time, the breakthroughs we create are greatly, and gravely, influenced by what we see from our friends, family, and even from those strangers that we only come across on social media. Our default is to desire every good thing we see from others without hardly thinking if we really need those and what responsibilities do those things come with.
But here’s a reminder at this point: You can be joyful for those who received their blessings, and know that it’s enough when they have it and you don’t. Not every good thing is meant to be desired for your own.
The second possible answer to our question is what we want to hear:
Yes, if the desire comes from God.
It’s true that God grants our desires, but not just any desire. Imagine if He allows all our desires to happen, we’d probably end up miserable. Remember those choices you made where you ended up full of regret? Well, the worse of that will happen if everything we want will be granted.
The ones we desire out of envy or for self satisfaction, although we can try to make our ways to make them happen, are actually self-inflicted destruction. Chasing them is just like digging up our own grave.
The desires God gives are the ones that He Himself planted in our hearts because what He gives are sure, unfailing, and good for us. We can trust His word for it because God knows what’s best for us. What we desire may ruin us but His plans for us won’t. There’s no place to worry because those who yield their lives in the Lord, He takes care of them fully well.
We can only be 100% sure of something when it comes from God.
The problem here is, as humans, we sometimes find it hard to discern what God’s will for us is. While we belong to God, we still live in this world, which makes the line between self satisfactory desires and God’s will so thin we could hardly see it. Then we ask those questions of confusion, doubt, and worry again.
Instead of thinking about the dichotomy of “Yes, the Lord will grant it ,” and “No, it will not happen,” the only way to get back right on track is this:
Delight and commit yourself to God.
Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 ESV
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
Psalm 37:5 ESV
The Bible does not only suggests, but commands us to delight and commit ourselves in the Lord more than anything. To spend our time more in Him. To ultimately find our joy and satisfaction from Him alone.
When we delight in and commit to God, our desires will begin to align with His.
This makes us conform to Him rather than the world. It makes us know God more, and this creates room in our hearts for God to do His will in us. It’s making God our treasure where our hearts rest (Matthew 6:21).
The bottom line is this: When we desire the Lord first and foremost, before anything else, He will reveal to us the right things to desire all for His glory and for our own good.
Although this world tells us good things to desire, the Lord plants in us the perfect things to desire (Romans 12:1-2). The breakthrough we have in mind may or may not come true, but we can be sure that the Lord’s always does (Isaiah 14:24; Proverbs 19:21).
Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
Proverbs 19:21 ESV
When we wait for our self-made breakthrough, we’re believing in something full of limitations, but when we believe God in what He has planned for us, we’re believing a limitless possibilities of unlimited things.
So, before you pin a breakthrough on top of your mind, ask yourself this:
Is this from the Lord?
If yes, then trust Him for it, for it will happen in His time.
But for the record, knowing His will or not, we can trust Him anyway.
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