Setting Limits

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“Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel” (Psalms 78:41).

We limit all sorts of things around us, sometimes for good reasons. We limit the amount and types of foods to eat when we are on a diet. There are times we limit the amount of alcohol we drink so that we do not become drunk. We limit the amount of time spent doing activities. The number of hours we spend at work is limited. We limit the amount of money we spend when shopping. We limit the privileges and behaviors of our children. The amount of time a truck driver can drive without stopping is limited. The amount of sweets we consume is limited. The use of heat and water can also be limited. The list of limits which are set and which we continue to set go on and on without end. Among these limits, do we also limit what God can do?

“Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son” (Genesis 18:14).

“And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm” (Matthew 8:26).

“Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread” (Mathew 16:8)?

Do we have another faith to take away any limits we have put on God?

“If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith” (Luke 12:28)?

“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt” (Mathew 14:31)?

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22).

“Jesus said unto him,If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).

Do we strongly believe in our God and all that He is? How far does our belief go?

“The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?”

“You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!” (2 Kings 7:2)

Do we look at the illogical and impossible as being too difficult for God?

“For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” (Romans 11:30-36).

How well do we know God? How much effort have we put into knowing God and all that He is capable of doing, all that He has for us?

What limits have you set today?

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