In previous posts, we’ve talked about Celebrating Each Breakthrough, and we’ve talked about Incremental Breakthroughs and Managing Our Expectations, but in the midst of all this talk about smaller breakthroughs, I don’t want us to lose sight of the fact that God also moves through big breakthroughs. Our focus on smaller breakthroughs is simply an acknowledgment that they are worth noting and celebrating, not that they are the only breakthroughs God does, for nothing is impossible with God.
In reality, the need to quantify our breakthroughs as “big” or “small” comes from our human nature. The reality is that all breakthroughs are incremental. Even when we have what we’d qualify as a “big” breakthrough, it typically is part of something even larger God is doing (e.g. parting the red sea, which was part of establishing the Israelites in the promised land). However, unlike the “smaller“ breakthroughs, no one has to be reminded to celebrate the “big” breakthroughs, so it’s a good reminder to rejoice in both.
Character building happens in all of them. The “smaller” incremental breakthroughs require us to continue on even when the greater breakthroughs hasn’t yet manifested. And the character building that tends to happen with the “big” breakthroughs is in the wait leading up to them as well as the faith required to stand fast during that wait. With that said, let’s start with some scripture. This is two variations of one of my favorite breakthrough scriptures.
2 Samuel 5:20 (GW) [emphasis mine] So David went to Baal Perazim and defeated the Philistines there. He said, “The Lord has overwhelmed my enemies in front of me like an overwhelming flood.” That is why that place is called Baal Perazim [The Lord Overwhelms].
2 Samuel 5:20 (NLT) [emphasis mine] So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).
This picture of God overwhelming or bursting through feels like a description of a “big” breakthrough. Those suddenlies that sometimes almost overwhelm us even when we’re expecting them. Often God will tell us of these big breakthroughs long before they happen (by “tell” I mean either God will impart it to you, you may simply sense it, or through a prophetic word). He likes to let us know in advance to build our faith and our fortitude in standing fast.
And as I was praying about this topic of breakthrough, God connected it to Habakkuk 2:3 (KJV), “For the vision [is] yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
In my post Suddenlies (Genesis 41), we talk about this principle of how God will share a promise which seems to take forever in coming (and “forever” feels different for everyone – for a toddler, ten minutes is an eternity), and yet it arrives just in time. This is the crux of breakthrough. We wait for it, we’re expecting and longing for it, we stand in faith even as it seems to take an eternity to happen, and ultimately God moves at exactly the right moment.
So be encouraged to stand fast, and trust that God is who He says He is, and is capable of more than you could begin to imagine. Trust His judgment. Trust that He knows what is best, and trust that He will move in your best interest even as He is doing what is needed for the Kingdom. We serve the God of the impossible, for nothing is impossible with Him. He is the God of the breakthrough – whether it be big or small, He is God of them all.