Are you thinking, “If I don’t get a breakthrough, I’m not going to make it?” Try to understand these two things: (1) Your problem is just an opportunity for God to work on your behalf. You are positioned to experience the truth of these words: “[The] One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.” By God’s grace you can prevail over your circumstances. You can rise above discouragement and the self-defeating mentality that says, “Nothing’s going to change for the better.” You say, “But I tried and failed!” Okay, mark that off your list and say, “Now I know what doesn’t work.” Rejoice, God knows the way, and He’s going before you! (2) Before you experience a breakthrough there’s usually a shake-up. Chuck Jaeger, the World War II hero who broke the sound barrier, fractured his ribs in a horse riding accident the day before he hopped into the cockpit and attempted to do what had never been done with a plane before. His friends said, “You’re in too much pain. Don’t do it.” His fears told him, “Nobody’s ever done it before. You won’t either.” At 700 miles an hour the plane began to shake violently. Then suddenly he broke through into what he described as “a great calm.” That’s how it is when you’re about to experience a breakthrough. When everything around you starts to shake and your fear level skyrockets, you’re not about to crash and burn, you’re on the threshold of a breakthrough!