“Do not limit the limitless God!…”
Recently I found and re-read these words at the top of an introductory page of my Bible: “Do not limit the limitless God! With Him face the new trial and follow on unafraid, for you walk not alone!” There is no indication as to whose thought this was, but it certainly had impressed my heart enough to have written it down some years ago….and it certainly arrested me again as fresh thoughts and deeper appreciation came regarding the unending, unlimited resources of our God. When we perceive their “dimensions” through His Word – and better still, experience even a small measure of them – we gasp and cry out to Him for Grace to not limit Him from abundantly blessing our provision with them! (Psalm 132:15)
“…they turned back … and limited the Holy One of Israel.”
In one translation Psalm 78:41 reads, “Time and again they turned back [from believing God] and tempted God, provoking and incensing the Holy One of Israel.” They limited the One Who had performed miracle after miracle for them and had delivered them over and over again from the hand of the enemy (vv 42-43 cff). Imagine how much more He could have done for them and in their midst but could not because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58! But we do not have to allow this to happen! We can choose to believe the Lord, to take Him at His Word, to be assured that it will be exactly as He had told us (Acts 27:25).
” … superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think…” (Ephesians 3:20, Amplified)Drink, yes, drink abundantly of Love, O precious one! Click To Tweet
Although we generally think of this passage in regards to prayer, let’s apply it here as we look at the unlimited resources of God which are so clearly set forth and extolled in the Word of God. First of all He is Love (I John 4:8,16), and He never changes (Heb.13:8; Mal.3:6). Therefore we know that God’s unconditional Love for us never changes; It never diminishes, it never increases towards us….It is limitless! In Ephesians 3:16-19 the Apostle Paul wrote a Holy Spirit-inspired prayer which the Lord undoubtedly heard and performed for them – and for us as well! ” [That you may really come] to know … the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge ….; that you [may have the richest measure of the Divine Presence and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!” (v.19) May we therefore continually receive Grace to do as He implores His Bride-to-be in Song of Solomon 5:16 – “Drink, yes, drink abundantly of Love, O precious one!”
His immeasurable mercy endures forever and is “from everlasting to everlasting”.
Thirty-six times, at the end of each of 26 verses in Psalm 136, the Psalmist writes ” …. His mercy endures forever.” The Holy Spirit indeed wants us to believe that there is no end to His mercy, and says elsewhere in Psalms that “His Mercy is from everlasting to everlasting” – i.e., it always has been and it always will be! We find still more good news in Acts 13:34b, where we are promised “the sure mercies of David”. InPsalm 36:5 we read “Your mercy and lovingkindness extend to the skies, and Your faithfulness to the clouds.”, and again in Psalm 57:10, “For Your mercy and lovingkindness are great, reaching to the heavens…” There is simply no end to the mercy of God, which takes away all that we deserve and paves the way for Grace to give us superabundantly what we don’t deserve!
“… those who receive God’s overflowing Grace and the free gift of Righteousness … shall reign as kings in life…through … Jesus Christ….” (Romans 5:17b)
There is simply no end to the Grace of God. Can we grasp that truth?! A well-known, vivid and effective analogy to this superabounding Grace is the ceaseless coming in of the waves to an ocean’s shoreline. Whether or not we see them roll in, rhythmically, one after another, day after day, year after year, century after century, changes nothing of the fact that they are continually coming to shore. This is certainly comparable in a small way to the Grace which the Lord extends to whosoever will receive it. “For out of His fullness (abundance) have we received [ … we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.” (John 1:16) No wonder the Lord told Paul in II Cor.12:9, “…My grace … is enough for you…”! Indeed if His Grace is always sufficient in every situation for every one of all His children, there can be no end to it! We cannot exhaust it! In fact, He has “lavished it upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding…” (Eph.1:7,8)
” … the Peace of God which surpasses all power of comprehension … ” (Phil.4:7, Wuest)Our Peace is an Eternal Being (Eph.2:14), never-changing, never-ending Click To Tweet
Our Peace is an Eternal Being (Eph.2:14), never-changing, never-ending – i.e., He has given us Himself as our Peace, bequeathing Himself to us forever (John 14:27) … an eternal, never-ending commitment. Therefore, in any situation, under all circumstances, we can pour out our petitions and supplications – yes, and our complaints! (Psa.62:8; 116:7) – and be assured that His Peace will mount guard over our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We are also promised that the Lord will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed, fixed upon Him (Isa.26:3). His inexhaustible Grace is sufficient for us to do that, to make it our modus operandi.
“… the power of an endless Life … ” (Hebrews 7:16)Click To Tweet
All of the above resources touched upon thus far, reveal to us that we have inside of us “an endless Life”, and with it incomprehensible power to simply be as He is in this world. For example, He has given us all power “[physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy possesses, and nothing shall in any way harm us” (Luke 10:19); “I have strength for all things through Christ Who empowers me…” (Phil.4:13); “He gives power to the faint and to the weary …” (Isaiah 40:29a) Thank God for our weakness, that we might be available and needy enough, to receive HIS power which so far exceeds our comprehension!
” … joy unspeakable and full of glory…”!
With all of these inexhaustible provisions, endlessly given by our infinite God, is it any wonder that Peter wrote: “Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy.” (I Peter 1:8), a joy that is beyond words and is the first fruit of Love that the Holy Spirit produces in our lives. Indeed, the Spirit Himself is given to us in like manner.
” … boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit!” (John 3:34b)
Although difficult to fathom the meaning and benefit of this gift in the third Person of the Trinity, we are promised it. ” … how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!” (Luke 11:13b)
Can we grasp the magnitude, the scope of all of the above, made available to all of us, at all times, by inexhaustible, never-ending GRACE?! We can certainly declare with the Psalmist, “Return unto your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you!” (Psa.116:7)! And our spirits as well can boldly claim: “He has already blessed us with all spiritual blesings in Heavenly places.” (Eph.1:3) Even our physical bodies can chime in with thanksgiving that “He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength, causing it to multiply and making it abound.” (Isa.40:29). Indeed, ‘the Lord is our Shepherd [to feed, to guide, to shield], and we shall not lack anything! (Psalm 23:1)
” … let us therefore have Grace …” ( Heb.12:28)
Because we have unlimited access to the Throne of Grace to believe these things, to walk in them, to embrace them personally and live in them by faith, we do not have to limit the limitless God; rather we can allow Him to do abundantly beyond all we could ask or think (Eph.3:20) by believing Him, trusting His thoughts more than our own, and deeming His ways far above and infinitely superior to our own (Isa.55:8,9)