Spiritual breakthroughs are not the product of random chance, but deliberate preparation. When we get it, this truth will change the way we approach faith. It is not automatic, however, and comes as a product of spiritual maturity. Through a series of insights we realize the Kingdom of God is not a pointless labyrinth of impossible mysteries, but a calculated system stemming from a wise and wonderful Father. Leave behind the world of chance!
Breakthroughs to a Child
As a child I was enrolled in many sports, along with being a cub and a scout. For the most part I was oblivious to the world around me. Events unfolded at a pace and in a way surrounded with mystery. From my limited perspective progression was accidental. Yet, as I matured intellectually, I gradually realized there were predictable patterns.
For example when I was a cub, I would be happily surprised when presented with a new badge. How I got it was unknown to me. It was like magic, one day I did not have it, then suddenly there it was being handed to me. I began to anticipate them without a clue there was a specific criteria, though others were completely aware. I remember asking for one whose design I admired, only to be told I hand to ‘earn’ it. What does that mean? Later, it became clear that I could have tackled this world with deliberate intention.
As Christians we begin thinking of the Kingdom of God in this way. While we gradually realize less and less is left to random chance, we initially tend to hide behind the notion of mystery. When others receive what we want, we are quick to credit factors which reinforce our powerlessness. This is not to say there is not injustice. But God also has an answer for this, which in turn is not random. But believing in chance is sometimes easier than feeling responsible. Maybe at that point we are still subject to guilt and shame, unable to bear the weight of the truth. Thankfully, we do not have to stay there as this is not where we are meant to live.
Spiritual maturity is on the horizon and we are moving toward it. It is a matter of increased revelation and faith. As we mature, we increasingly leave the world of chance and embrace the intentionality belonging to mature Sons and Daughters. We discover that God has been aligning us with His heart and with each incremental step we gain freedom and empowerment. Like that young child learning how to obtain a new badge, we slowly realize the fact that God’s Kingdom is far less random than we thought. For which, as Paul, we continue to pray:
“… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”– Ephesians 1:16-18.
Tomorrows spiritual breakthroughs will be less a matter of chance than deliberate obedience.