I had some good news this week! A consulting client sent me a text with an amazing financial testimony – they are out of debt! In the middle of this Covid-19 crisis, they had been displaying grit, determination and perseverance in the financial challenges that they had been working on for years. In the midst of this crisis, it all came together for them and they were able to pay off all of the debt in their company. Amazing, right?! Here we are in the middle of a crisis and people are experiencing breakthroughs!
What goals are YOU contending for during this time? I want to encourage you to keep being determined, to dig in for your grit and breakthrough will happen for you.
One thing I have learned through navigating several hard times in business myself is this: God wants us to take our goals and partner with Him for breakthrough. If we have a goal and expect God to do the work while we sit back, I would say that is a dream, not a goal. You are basically asking God to do your work for you. Yikes! Then, even if you did receive the breakthrough, you would not know how to manage it, because you didn’t do the work to get it.
Let’s look at Noah as an example of partnering with God to meet our goals. I just think it’s hilarious. There’s this dude minding his own business, and God tells him to build an ark. This thing didn’t take a week to build. Back in those days, there were no power tools, there were no cranes, there was no rigging, no scaffolding. Years of listening to his neighbors and friends watch and gossip about his “idea”. What if Noah had just said, “Well, okay. God, you’re wanting to save the world with an ark. I’m going to dream about it being done and hope you show up to make it happen.” No, he was active and willing to show up and work.
It takes a whole bunch of faith and character to stay with our long-term goals, especially amidst adversity. We each have the ability to deepen our faith and strengthen our character by choosing to partner with God in the hard times. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a verse that speaks to me: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” When I am facing adversity, I do my best to not trust in my own understanding of what has happened, but stay the course towards the goals God has given me. In each situation that I’m facing, I try to submit to God and trust that He will make my path straight.
Will you partner with Him to contend for your breakthrough? I believe that the text from my friend was just the beginning – I am excited to hear your testimonies too. I would love for you to share your thoughts, breakthroughs and testimonies in the comments below!