15 Sep Limitless
In the time we are living in, it is easy to limit God’s work in our lives. There are multiple factors that contribute to us limiting God’s direction like our upbringing, the things we have been taught, our ignorance of who God is and His Word, things from our past that we have not let go of, and much more. But the one factor that contributes the most is fear.
Fear is predominately the root of our major hang ups. In “The Forgotten God” Francis Chan touches on why Christians have a fear of God pushing them beyond their limits. He states that Christians have a fear of God failing them if they allow him full control, they fear that God will actually come through and lead them somewhere that may be uncomfortable, and they fear what others may think of them. Francis states: “We think about making our friends mad or not being accepted or being thought of as different or strange. But rarely (if ever) do we consider whether our actions or lifestyles are a grievous to the spirit of the living God. “
A great example of how fear can contribute to us limiting God is the story of Gideon. In Judges 6:14-16 Gideon is raising concern about the task that God set out for him. He gives the excuse that he was the least in his family and that his army was weak. But the Lord answered him and said “I will go with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together” (v. 16 NIV). God was very aware of Gideon’s limitations, but he reassured Gideon that he will be with him; his limitations did not limit God’s power.
We as God’s creation should recognize our limits, but we should never let our limits be excuses as to why we cannot do what God has planned for us. Nothing can limit us if we look to God for our help, and nothing in this world can limit God. Age, time, situations, and physical weaknesses are no match for God’s ability because we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13).