A big breakthrough is coming!
A few years ago, our oldest daughter Kyla saw a little squirrel in our yard. She was interested in having a closer look, so she walked quietly, slowly and stealthily toward it, trying not to rattle the little bushy-tailed rodent.
But it was no use. Almost as quickly as the squirrel came looking for something to gnaw, it scampered away. Kyla laughed. I did too.
I told her I remembered being a young girl and being intrigued by squirrels. I also recalled seeing a squirrel up close for the first time. It was gripping an acorn. I was seriously intrigued and wondered, why is this squirrel holding an acorn?
Now that I’m older, of course I know that squirrels eat acorns, as well as nuts and seeds, to get nourishment, and energy. They also store acorns which sprout trees.
Even though I know that little acorns turn into mighty oak trees, that’s still a little difficult to fathom. How is that possible? I mean, oak trees can reach 70 feet high and 9 feet wide. Their branches can get to 135 feet in length. That is massive!
Hard as it is to believe, it’s true and it confirms that great things start out small—a lesson we often have a hard time grasping in our own lives. That’s why so many people allow beginning seasons, when big things aren’t happening, to discourage them from believing God for bigger and better. But don’t be discouraged by small things. God specializes in multiplying, increasing, enlarging, blessing and anointing what seems small, and insignificant.
For a moment, just think about the life of David.
In 1 Samuel 16, we see him being anointed king by the prophet Samuel, but nothing happened immediately after he was anointed. Things didn’t shift in his circumstances right away. In chapter 17, David was still a shepherd and he was also acting as a gofer for his brothers.
His siblings, unlike him, were soldiers at that time. Of the eight boys, the three oldest, Eliab, Abinadab, and Shammah, were out on the battlefield. Meanwhile, David was at home in obscurity.
One day, Jesse, David’s father, asked him to take some roasted grain and ten loaves of bread to his brothers, and give some cheese to the commander of their unit. Delivering grain, bread and cheese isn’t all that glamorous on the surface. It seems like a small task. But here’s the thing: that small delivery ushered David into a big destiny!
While delivering the food, David wound up in the right place at the right time. Goliath the Philistine, the one everybody was afraid of, showed up. Folks started running as this irreverent and imposing warrior mocked, threatened and intimidated the Israelites.
This was a clear destiny moment. As others were running away from the fight, David was drawn to it. And we all know how the story ends: David killed Goliath and beheaded him. Suddenly, the little known shepherd became famous and powerful. He would later take Saul’s place on the throne. And most awesome is the fact that Jesus Christ was a descendant of David.
Talk about God’s sovereignty!
But what if David had frowned upon delivering grain, bread and cheese, and refused to do it? He wouldn’t have been in position to slay the giant. His divine assignment was disguised as a menial task. So is yours. God uses ordinary things for His extraordinary purposes!
I know every day doesn’t feel spectacular. You want to see the Lord do even more in your life. But hold on. Don’t get discouraged. You’re on your way somewhere amazing. Your big breakthrough is coming in a way you least expect.
For too long, the enemy has been lying to you, making you feel like God won’t do major things for you and through you. But this message is the Lord’s way of exposing that myth. Our great God is up to something awesome. You can’t see it now. You don’t know how He will make the way, open the door, or bring you into your place of promise. Just know that He will.
Though you may feel small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things, keep in mind that you serve a great big God with all power in His hands. Don’t ever underestimate His ability to create the greatest outcomes from the smallest and worst beginnings.
As the first part of Zechariah 4:10 NLT says, which is what I’m stirring into your cup of inspiration, “Do not despise these small beginnings.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, rejoice now, even before your big breakthrough comes. It may not happen overnight, but a shift is coming. Promotion is coming. Something is breaking in your favor. God has you where you are to get you ready for where you’re going.
This is not the end. The best is in store for you. A big breakthrough is coming!
Now let’s pray.
God, thank You for the assurance that greater is coming. I may not see much changing now, but I know it will. By faith, I will remain on the lookout for my big breakthrough. Until it manifests, I will wait with earnest expectation and a heart full of thanksgiving. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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