The missing step most people miss in order to have a Breakthrough
The key phrase that will help us understand how to experience God's breakthrough is in the phrase, "he marched out to confront them."
If you knew the trial you are in right now were coming towards you, how would you react?
Would you hide?
Would you brace yourself, face turned away?
Now, typically we have no idea (or think we have no idea) when this "stuck" state will strike.
But imagine that you did have some foreknowledge. Maybe it's foreknowledge of the tip of the iceberg.
What would you do?
Let's look at what David does:
We typically think confront means to be a trouble-maker or to generate conflict.
But that's not what it means. That's not what David is doing.
In fact, by not confronting, we might not only be failing to obey God, but causing greater problems for ourselves and for others (depending on the situation, of course).
The translations for this phrase vary:
- "But David was told they were coming, so he marched out to meet them" (NLT)
- "and he heard about it and went out against them" (AMP)
- "David heard of it and went out before them" (TLV)
- "But David learned that they were on the way, so he called together his army." (TLB)
Although each is slightly different, none of them have David doing what many of us would do: turn away from the thing coming down against us.
In real life, if we had a deadly army staring down at us, I don't think anyone could fault you for wanting to run and hide.
But the areas of our breakthrough aren't typically due to real-life armies of giants.
They are armies of giants of our own doing, of the world, perhaps even of our imagination.
Think about what those giants, those forces surrounding you, are, and how have you reacted to them.
Are you going to "confront" -- which from the Latin -- means "with face."
It doesn't mean to harm, to attack, to destroy.
It simply means "to face."
Is it possible that the source of the challenges in your life are things you are unwilling to face?
Often, we can avoid facing the source by staring at the outcome.
We see our lack of a job, money, relationships, health....and stare at those, believing those are the sources of our "stuck".
But the real source is something we aren't willing to face.
David, on the other, when seeing his enemies emerge, first chose to face them.
Then he turned to God to ask what to do and be used.
Let me ask you: should you be turning to face something or someone, but are avoiding doing so?
Spent a few moments thinking about this as you explore your need for breakthrough.
Again, it's typically not the resulting pain or outcomes that need to be faced.
Those can often be the distraction.
What is that "thing" that was coming over the hill, long before you became stuck and surrounded, that you did not turn to face when you should have?