When was the last time you needed a miracle?
Maybe it’s been a while, and you’ve forgotten what it feels like to be in desperate need for God to move. Or maybe you need a miracle today. For me, it was about six months ago. Within the span of a few weeks, multiple close friends and family members suddenly needed God to move in big ways.
It felt like I was constantly in survival mode because everywhere I turned someone needed breakthrough. One moment, I was fighting in prayer for someone who was in the hospital. The next moment I was interceding for someone’s financial breakthrough. And then I was praying for a desperate situation in another country where friends were serving as missionaries. In the middle of it all, writing God of the Breakthrough was just another way I fought to stand my ground in prayer.
In 2 Samuel 5, there’s this short but beautiful story about God delivering His people from a huge army. These breakthrough stories are all throughout the bible, but I love this particular one because it actually highlights a new name for God. “’The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.’ Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim (which means ‘Lord of breaking through’).”
IN OTHER WORDS, BREAKTHROUGH ISN’T JUST SOMETHING GOD CAN DO. IT’S WHO HE IS.
For me, that changes everything, because over time, I’ve come to realize it’s not God’s actions, but His character that I can rely on. He rarely does things how I expect Him to. Although His actions aren’t always predictable, His character absolutely is; His nature—His heart—never changes.
So if breakthrough isn’t just something God does, but it’s who He is, we’re talking about a whole new level of confidence and faith.
Of course, when and how God breaks through is another story. God’s ways are higher than ours. But the fight of faith isn’t about mustering up enough inner strength or willpower to twist God’s arm so He achieves a specific outcome for us. It’s so much deeper than an external circumstance. The battle we face every day is to trust His heart—even in the face of insurmountable odds—and believe for the impossible.
In our moment of need, can we trust that He is a God of breakthrough? We absolutely can. And praise God, because we’re always going to need breakthrough somewhere. Jesus told us plainly, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). Our fight will not be over until Jesus returns and makes everything right again. But until that day, we can hold onto His promise in the second half of that verse, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I love that in 2 Samuel 5, “God of the breakthrough” was also the name of the Israelites’ physical location of victory. It’s as if the testimony of God’s past victory became a landmark that would forever remind the people of God what He’s capable of.
Testimonies of what God has done are so incredibly important. I’ve begun a discipline of writing these down, and I’d encourage you to do the same. When we remember what God has done in the past, it gives us hope for the future and fuels our faith.
TESTIMONIES SHATTER THE LIES AND DISCOURAGEMENT THAT CREEP IN DAY BY DAY.
In fact, the song God of the Breakthrough is a testimony in itself of the ways God met me six months ago. Every time we sing it, I remember the people I prayed for in that season. And although I can’t say that I’ve seen the full breakthrough in every situation, I have seen Him do so many miracles. And remembering who God is always gives me faith to believe again.
So when the mountains loom large in front of us, I pray that this song would stir our faith again to believe for more. I pray that we would never forget what God has done, and that we’d never forget who He is. Because breakthrough is not just something he does, it’s who He is.
By Thomas Wilson – AntiochLIVE