Through my actions I have sabotaged and destroyed many opportunities over the years, and by doing so placed limits on my present and my future…or have I? I won’t beat around the bush, the God we serve who calls us his children isn’t surprised or defeated by our failures along the way. Thomas Edison, a decidedly non-religious man said something about presumed failure and not giving up!
I feel like that sometimes, I suspect we all do.
Let me put it this way. We have carefully packed our bags, loaded up the car and set out on this journey to know God. The problem is that we are leaving with many misconceptions and flawed thinking that is tainted by our own sin and experiences. It’s hard to get beyond our own inadequate knowledge and reach into the unknown, let alone the miraculous. We might as well have four flat tires and be running out of gas. We can think we are safe in staying home and identifying with what has been, avoiding the pitfalls of the open road; but that’s where trust and faith come into play.
Remember Abraham and Sarah and the encounter they had which revealed how God would work powerfully and beyond the reason and limits of their minds and flesh? The natural laws of man are no match for the will of God, even in the face of our own disbelief!.
10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
13 And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
14 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 18:10-14 (KJV)
As a further example, take Job, a man of utter and complete integrity who was severely tested. His friends spoke accusations of sin and judgement, totally unaware that God was allowing this test of his servant. Even though Job was being taught a valuable lesson through this trial, those closest to him provided poor counsel.
His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” Job 2:9 (NIV)
Reaching beyond what others say your potential is, is also a very real and intimidating reality you will face. It may be a well-meaning family member or a respected authority figure who in their own finite way of thinking may cause you to place limits on your life and on God. We listen to them and because they have some measure of success or experience, we are lulled into a state of impossibilities, instead of possibilities. This is not to say we shouldn’t seek wise counsel, but in the end it is just that, another’s opinion of how we should think or act.
How about Zaccheaus? He was a crooked tax collector that was despised by those who knew him. Though he was hated and labeled a sinner, Jesus saw beyond the eyes of man when he took the time to break bread with him.
Luke 19:1-10 (NIV)
19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
The fact is that our God is limitless. Not only did he create the Earth and all that is in it, he gave his Son Jesus so we could be partakers in salvation and the many miracles which lie ahead. The silly limits of man have been and will continue to be completely shattered by God.
- What is God speaking to you that seems ridiculous?
- Are you in a position, through faithfulness and devotion to him to see his limitless provision?
- Have you all but written off the call of God because it is beyond the scope of your current level of faith or visible circumstances?
- What goal is he inspiring you to reach for that just about everyone else would say is impossible?
You are ripe for a miracle! Lets seek God together and find in him our hope, our place in his plan for the world, and in the joy that fills the heart who is in tune with the holy spirit! Lets be obedient to his word and faithful to him in every part of our lives.
Let us live a limitless life and watch God accomplish the impossible!!