Daily Devotional
Do You Have the Power to Limit God?

“How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, and grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power: the day when He redeemed them from the enemy, when he worked His signs in Egypt, and His wonders in the field of Zoan; turned their rivers into blood, and their streams, that they could not drink.”’

Psalm 78:40-44

Ponder This

How often did the children of God provoke Him in the wilderness and grieve Him in the desert? It was often! But that’s not the only thing they did. Verse 41 says, they limited the Holy One of Israel. Do you know what the word limited literally means? It means they put a circle or a horizon around God. They said, now God you stay in that circle and don’t get out. There are certain areas, God, where You are off limits; You are out of bounds. They made no room for God in certain areas of life.

This was their thinking: “We’re going to be neutral about God. We’re not going to be for God; we’re not going to be against God.” That is limiting God and not allowing Him to work in all areas of life. Do you know what that's like? It is like saying we’re going to be neutral about food, so since we’re neutral about food, nobody will eat. It’s nonsensical. They drew a boundary around God, and it was to their demise.

  • What is an area of your life you struggle to give fully to God?
  • What is the danger of trying to contain God based on our standards?

Practice This

Seek God’s help in surrendering your entire life before Him.


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