I recall running a long-distance race, when suddenly I ran out of breath. Soon, I started to walk because there was no more drive to trot. Not long after, a truck pulled up to offer me a ride to the finish spot. For a moment, I was faced with a difficult decision to make; should I get on the truck or continue running. At which point, I would have to pass a graveyard and the long lonesome trail by myself. At this juncture, I had to choose what was most important from what not. In the end, I decided to jump on the truck for fear of being on my own. I had reached a breaking point.
The dictionary defines breaking point as:
A. point at which a person gives way under stress
B. the point at which a situation becomes critical
C. the point at which something loses force or validity.
Its synonyms include, juncture, crossroad, boiling point, emergency, or crunch.
Whereas, a breaking point may appear to bring harm, it however is the dawn of newness that gives a different perspective of things. Often times we think that God allows us to reach certain junctures in our lives to destroy us, when it fact He is seeking to build our strength for the next level blessings He has for us. Although, a breaking point may cause fear and anxiety, we must learn to handle them with confidence that in the end, all things will work out for the good.
Jacob, a well-known Bible character demonstrates how we should handle our breaking points. While some perceive Jacob to be a trickster, and deceiver, he still can be viewed in a more positive light. He can be ascribed as ambitious and determined. His ambition caused him to obtain his brother’s birthright, while his determination enables him to gain his father’s blessings.
In Genesis 22:6 we read that “When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well. 8 He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape.” Although God promised Jacob that through him would come not only a great nation, but a company of nations, Jacob yet was a man full of fears and anxieties. After fleeing his father-in-law, and preparing to face his angry brother, Jacob received a message that his brother was coming to meet him with hundreds of men. At this juncture in his life, he did not know what to do.
Now doesn’t that sound like some of us. We got the promise of a blessing and yet we cannot live it out without being fearful.
Others of us know that the Lord promised to bless us, yet the enemy would have us to believe that the more we give the less we will receive. We are fearful that if we don’t put our money on fixed, we won’t have any when time comes to pay a bill, take a vacation, or some other need.
Then there are those who have anxieties about reaching out to people because we think everyone has an angle, and everyone wants something from us.
Many have anxiety about forgiving those who hurt us because we don’t want them to make it a habit, talking to us any kind of way and taking advantage of our kindness.
Then there are those of us who don’t want people to feel that it’s okay to disrespect us, so before we let people in to have to deal with that, we rather operate from a standoff position.
Maybe that’s not you because you’re the kind of person who like the attention of people but worry that once they know who the real you is, they won’t want to be around you because You’re not who you pretend to be.
Your Breaking Point
is not conditional
Can I tell you that it doesn’t matter how great the prophecy or the call of God is on your life, that there will arise moments when you will reach your breaking point. Your breaking point is not conditioned by your environment, wealth, ethnicity or status. Hence, it is crucial that we all know how to ascend to the call of God, upon our lives, whenever we reach that juncture that brings us emotional, physical, psychological or spiritual strain.
The Prophet Elijah experienced a Breaking Point
As great of a prophet that Elijah was, he yet experienced a breaking point. In the book of 1 Kings 19, it reads “Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.”
At the point of which some would suppose to be the highest in the Prophet Elijah’s life, it however appears to be the lowest. Following the great showdown on mount Carmel, against the prophets of Baal and the declaration that the drought will end, that while rain manifested on the land, the prophet however was robbed of his victory because of a death threat from Jezebel. Elijah, somehow in a state of fear and anxiety flees for his life and prays for death.
Can I tell you that sometimes your breaking point will lead you to believe that all is lost and there is no sense in continuing to live. If you mind those moments of crossroads, they will leave you feeling
• emotionally robbed and
• spiritually abandoned.
Nonetheless, you have to know that
1. you are not alone.
2. Better days are ahead
3. Your best is yet to come
4. You ain’t seen nothing yet, just keep striving, continue pushing,great things are coming for you
a Breaking Point
Jesus as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane had reached a breaking point.
Luke 22:19-44 reports – 39. And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 41. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42. Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done. 43. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Can I tell you that Jesus was strained by the prospect of His suicidal mission, whereby he,
• the son of God,
•God in human flesh,
would have to submit to death on a cross that mankind might be redeemed from an alienated state to a glorious state of son ship. Jesus, the Perfect Man, who had never known sin, was about to have all the sins of the world laid upon him, and suffer God’s punishment for all of them, in order to make it possible for all the rest of us to find salvation. He knew the encounter would be horrific, nonetheless, in addition to the horrific levels of physical and spiritual agony that would arise, Jesus battled the deepest of all human fears
That is the fear of the unknown. Calvary was unknown territory to Jesus, because throughout his life, Jesus had relationship and communication with the father. However, Calvary demanded that all communication and relationship with God be cut off.
Although a breaking point at first glance appears to be aimed at destroying an individual, it however will not, because a breaking point rather is designed to remove you from one level to the next. In other words, God will use your breaking point to transition you from a state of complacency and comfort and control to a state of engagement, productivity and reliance on God.
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