We try to put God in a box.
Not literally, but figuratively.
We live in a world full of limits, a world where we strive for permanence, so we live and think that way, too. Seemingly everything in this world has a limit. Nothing lasts forever, although we hope and dream some things do. We hope that we will keep our good job for the rest of our careers. We hope that this good relationship we have will continue forever and it will never go down a bump path. We hope for good and we strive for things in our lives to be permanent. But they aren’t.
When we realize that things in this world aren’t permanent, we still search for that, or we get discouraged, and say that since the good things on this Earth have limits, God must have limits, too. We have a bad habit of limiting or undermining just how powerful God is.
We say, “Oh, that will never happen. Have you seen my track record? God doesn’t work miracles like that, not like He used to.” Or we say, “I don’t believe that will happen. There is no possible way.”
We tend to view our lives through a microscope.
We get so absorbed in our own problems, our own lives, our own limitations that we simply cannot even fathom what life would look like limitless. Therefore, we can’t take that step back to see how God is limitless.
“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven,cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!” 1 Kings 8:27
The thing is, God is limitless.
Not only is He limitless, but His power is limitless. We try to put a label on God, we try to predict what He is based on what He’s done. We try to guess what He is going to do in our lives based on what He has already done in our lives.
That’s not a way to live, limiting God, putting God in a box, your box.
God has so much power that He can work miracles. Yes, God can work miracles today, in this current world. True, physical Jesus might not be down here healing and performing miracles, but that doesn’t mean that Jesus isn’t with us, at every moment, wherever we are.
Have you ever heard that the Lord’s plan far exceeds what you have planned? Why do you think this is? Have you had some experience with this, looking back on your past? Think about that for a few minutes… Why do you think that the Lord’s plans are better planned than your own?
His plans are better than yours because he is limitless. His power is so great. He is all-knowing. He knows our hearts, even when we don’t. He knows our intentions, even when we can’t see them. He knows our thoughts, even when we try to hide them from Him. He knows us fully and completely, every part of us, and He still loves us. The Lord loves us so much that He wants the best for us.
So, why do we have limits in life?
I truly don’t know exactly why we have limits in life. My educated guess is that we have limits so that the glory and power of God is emphasized and revealed through the mundane, through the heartbreak and through the pain. When we realize that God is the only thing that doesn’t have limits, it’s eye opening.
I believe that God puts limits to keep us safe, to show us that He is the only thing that can save us. The limits that we have, the changes that occur in our lives, those trials point us to God and His wonderful power. Just like a physical scar, our emotional scars help us remember how good God is and how He can do anything. He can do anything, but we can’t do anything without Him.
Think of Noah and his ark. If you were Noah, you’d probably say, “Uh, no way can I build an ark that big. There is no possible way that it will work… There is no way that it will save us from a flood.”
You see, the difference between Noah and our world today is that Noah had faith. He didn’t limit God, he didn’t put God in his box, trying to prove what God could or could not do. Noah had faith in God. He trusted Him.
Why don’t we do this in today’s world?
We don’t do this in our world because the world is disappointing, it can be sad and heartbreaking so we blame that on God, not our sin. We try to forget our sin and we then blame God for anything that happens that changes our situations. The world changes, but God does not. He never changes.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Today I challenge you to trust the Lord. Don’t put God in a box, but believe that He can work miracles in your life, believe that He is limitless in all things that He does. Praying you all have a blessed day filled with boundless joy!