Where is your breaking point? If you know, are you able to control your emotions to ask God to step in? I think we all have a breaking point. Have you ever been so tired you can’t see straight? Breaking point. Have you walked in your own strength through a situation and nothing worked out right? Breaking point. Does your child or children zap all your strength and you just need reprieve? Breaking point. Does your job at times leave you throwing your hands up in the air? Breaking point. Or maybe you simply quit looking for a job because you can’t see the right one for you. Breaking point. There are countless people in the Bible who had a breaking point. Did you know that even Jesus, completely man, had a breaking point on the Mount of Olives? I would say that a breaking point is not a place where you step out or even check out of the situation, it is a place where we must learn to take it to our heavenly Father in prayer. Everyone has a breaking point which needs to be brought into focus and restored.
I bet if I took a poll of one of your favorite books in the Bible, many people would choose the Psalms. Why? Because we knew David experienced troubles just like you and me. He messed up a lot! It was through these breaking points, David always turned to God. It was his repentant heart and his love for God that every time David was forgiven and restored to right standing. The Lord told David, in Psalms 91:14-15, “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” God is our Deliverer!
Even Jesus had a place where He went to speak to God. The Bible said He would go to the Mount of Olives often to pray. Luke 22:39, “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.” He often spoke to His Father and on this day, in that moment, He experienced a breaking point. He wasn’t changing his mind but he certainly was asking for confirmation. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.“ Everyone knows this verse but do you know what happened next? “An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” (Luke 22:43) Some of Jesus’ last instructions to His disciples were “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” He knew if during their breaking points of life, temptation would overshadow them if they did not pray and bring their needs to the Father. My heart is overwhelmed, when I read that Jesus knew that unimaginable suffering was moments away, He was still pouring himself into these men (That’s your free part.)
We have lived in Duluth, Minnesota for over sixteen years and I have had countless breaking points in my life. I look back on many of them and see God’s hand leading me to greener pastures. I see other times when He tells me to release people for they are not my burden to bear. I have wept on a pillow and then soon heard the ringing of a phone call from a friend who brought me comfort. As long as my heart is right and I yield to Jesus, during my breaking point, He is sure to restore me to right standing. I soon realize those closed doors brought new direction and new focus. It takes self denial and faith in God for you to recognize that when you are weak He is strong. He will be with you in times of trouble and deliver you. The Word of God also says He will honor your obedience, with long life and salvation. Psalms 91 is one of my favorite chapters to read when I am at a breaking point. I know that my strength is not my own and under the shelter of His wings I will find refuge.
Remember, breaking points do not have to be an ending place or a missed opportunity. It may even be your salvation. If you allow Jesus to take your burden, the destruction of a situation, can be your first step to restoration and God making all things new!