A daily dose of God’s touch in a minute…
When a young Christian girl shared the below Bible Verse with me, I smiled.
Isn’t it a joy to see young people not only reading the Bible but sharing scripture with others?
Many times, while going through challenges, I have the experience of God trying to get my attention away from the problem and onto His Word. He often uses His Word to teach and tell me something. This was one of those times. So, as I read the scripture portion I received from Hannah, I could feel the Lord speak to me.
‘Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord.
‘Will you not tremble at My presence,
Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea,
By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it?
And though its waves toss to and fro,
Yet they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.
But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart;
They have revolted and departed’.
I had an interesting interpretation of this portion of scripture, for myself and so I thought of sharing it with you hoping that it will bless and minister to you the way it blessed me.
When you first read the above scripture, it seems like God is protesting. However, if you read it from a learner’s perspective, you will find that God’s intent is to point to us to something more astounding and so amazing.
It’s partly true in this scripture about the fact that God is complaining that His people have been rebellious and unwilling to remain within the boundaries He has set. As a reference, God cites the example of a swirling sea that gushes to and fro vigorously yet remains within the boundary that He had set as the shoreline.
Can you imagine what would happen if the Ocean with its vast expanse had no limitations? What would happen if it could cross the shoreline? I doubt we would be able to enjoy picnics at the beach, take a swim, enjoy beach side holidays, sunbathing, walks by the sea and so much more.
That is why God’s plan of confining the sea with pre-set boundaries seems like a great idea.
What about the seasons?
In my country, we have three main seasons, each exhibiting their own charm – a little chill in the atmosphere and we know it’s the onset of Winter.
For many it means the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas; to some a time to enjoy snow, for others the onset of a new year, a festive season, joyful events and so much more.
Then comes the Summer. Warm and sunny for some. Hot and Humid for others. Yet, we still look forward to the bright season which ushers in a time of school vacations, fun with friends, lots of free time, swimming, outings and so much more.
As for the Rainy season, it is a lovely season. Rains bring relief. All the ponds, rivers and streams become full of water and it brings on a feeling of romance into the atmosphere. Certainly the rains bring ample benefits and I am just mentioning a few simple joys that my family enjoys. Each time it rains, we look forward to the rainbow, to catch hailstones and enjoy a hot cup of Chai with some homemade snacks like Pakora.
Would the enthusiasm associated with the seasons be the same if they were never changing and had no limitations?
And so it is with seed time and harvest.
The farmer sows seeds and waits in anticipation and prays for a great harvest, reaping it with much joy and thankfulness when it is finally time to harvest.
I like the idea of looking forward to something, in prayer and faith.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish, but the one who keeps the law is happy”, says the book of Proverbs – to me, the law here seems to be the guidelines that God has set for each one of us, to keep us within His will.
Does it mean limitations are good?
Personally, I believe the answer is Yes. Especially, when I consider the powerful ocean and the way it complies to the ordinance set by God as mentioned in Jeremiah chapter 5 – since creation the sea diligently follows the boundaries that God has set for it.
We read in the Old Testament, how the sea parts to make a way for the Israelite’s to pass through, at God’s command. In the New Testament, we read Jesus speak the command “Peace be still’ and the stormy sea immediately obeys His voice of authority.
Like the Ocean, do we face limitations? Of course we do. Limitations often frustrate us, make us feel helpless, hopeless, incompetent, angry and frustrated.
If we learn to obey and remain within the Father’s will and hold on to Him, despite the limitations we face, without trying to run ahead of God, without crossing the various boundaries, protocols and guidelines that He has set for each of us then the Creator, in all His sovereignty will equip and enable us to be fruitful and accomplish much more than what we can do on our own.
All we need to do is to Trust Him, Praise Him. With Joy. With thankfulness. Then, look back and see how marvelously He has worked a way out for us, in spite of the limitations that surrounded us.
Like me, if you have felt any kind of limitation, and still seen the Mighty Hand of God helping you accomplish goals despite those limitations, feel free to comment and share your experience to encourage us.
And as you do that, let me pray:
Today onward, may you see the Mighty Hand of God in every difficult task and situation. Today may you receive the Wisdom of God to equip and to empower you to accomplish what you thought was too difficult in your own strength and with limited resources. This I pray in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.
Have a Fruitful day.