Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel. ― Psalm 78:41 (NKJV). 

Do we limit God? If we are all straightforward with each other, many people limit and are limiting God’s work in our lives. We are not alone. There are many examples in the Bible who restricted their Creator. Moses, Thomas, David and the Israelites all went through times where they limited God. Psalm 78:41-42 explained about the Israelites: “Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel.” 

On the surface, it seems illogical to limit God. It should seem impossible when we think of the greatness and power of God. God holds the whole ocean in His hand, and He created the land on which we stand and walk. Ephesians 1:19 tells us that “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power” Isaiah 40:12 adds “Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?” It would seem impossible to limit a limitless God. 

But is it? We have the ability to limit who God is when we exercise control. We limit what God can do by putting Him in a box. If we truly understood God we would understand that He doesn’t need to be limited, especially when He is an unlimited God. The more you understand who He is, the more you will understand what He is capable of doing, which by the way, is everything. And when you understand He is capable of everything then you will have no reason to ever limit him. It was D.L. Moody who said, “If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!”  

Consider what Romans 4:21 says that Abraham was “being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” We need to move to the place where we are “fully persuaded” that God will carry out fully what He has spoken and has written down for you and me. To be fully persuaded means no more second-guessing, no more doubts and no more trying to do things our own way; no more limiting God. I want to live a life that is fully persuaded about God’s faithfulness and God’s abiding love in my life.

We have an unlimited God.  As Christians we can limit God or we can loose God’s limitless power in our lives. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Ask God to show you one area in your life where you are limiting God?
  2. What can you do short-term to change the area where you are limiting God?