Have you ever felt lost? Lost like in a maze, where every direction you turn feels like the wrong one and you can’t seem to find the way out? I have.
I’ve been drifting kind of far from God lately. Like many times before, my life got busier and busier until I pretty much stopped spending time with God unless I was at church on Sunday or researching an article. At first, I didn’t realize I was drifting away, but eventually I did. Suddenly, the problem was that I really didn’t know where to start or how to find my way back.
Then last week at a prayer service, I heard God whisper softly to me, “Just come back.” Just come back? Like just turn around a take a step towards God? That sounds too simple. I mean, by this time, I felt lost and empty. Every time I would think about praying wholeheartedly or studying my Bible, I would get tired and feel overwhelmed.
How was I supposed to “just come back”? How could I even take that first step when my body felt like it was made of lead? I felt like it would take more strength and energy than I had to get back to God. I needed a breakthrough, but would God give me one?
David found himself in a similar situation shortly after he became king over Israel.
When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they all marched up to find him. David heard this and went out to confront them. The Philistines had invaded and were plundering the Rephaim Valley. David asked God for advice: ‘Should I attack the Philistines, and will you hand them over to me?’ The Lord answered, ‘Attack them, and I’ll definitely hand them over to you.’ So they marched up to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. ‘By my strength,’ David exclaimed, ‘God has burst out against my enemies, the way water bursts out’ (1 Chronicles 14:8, Common English Bible, CEB).
This is such a cool scripture! The name of the place where David fought the Philistines, Baal-perazim, means “master of outbursts” or “master of breakthrough.” David needed to know if God was going to break through his enemies, because if He wasn’t, then David wasn’t going to attack them.
The coolest part about this is how we can apply it to situations where we need breakthrough in our own lives. When something is attacking us or keeping us from God, we need to face it and attack that thing. The promise of God in those times is that He will give our defeated enemy into our hands. If we decide to fight the things that keep us from God, He promises that He will break through.
God is the “master of breakthrough.” He will use what little energy and strength we have to effect great changes in our lives…if we just use what little we have to take that return step in His direction. It might feel like an insurmountable effort, but in reality, it’s only a very small step. No matter how you’re feeling, you can make it.
Do you need God to break through something in your life?
When you call Me and come and pray to Me, I will listen to you. When you search for Me, yes, search for Me with all your heart, you will find Me (Jeremiah 29:12-13).
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