Limiting God?

There are certain verses that just stop me. I picture it like a momma cat carrying her kitten to another place. The kitten in her mouth doesn’t make a sound, nor does it wiggle to get free.

Psalm 78:41 says, “Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” Psalm 78 revealed a pattern that we can learn from.

Verse 9 says that the children of Ephraim turned back in the day of battle. Verse 10-11 says, “They did not keep the covenant of God; they refused to walk in His law, and forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them.” Verse 17 says, “But they sinned even more against Him by rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.” Verse 18 says that they tested God in their heart. Have you ever done that?

Verse 41 made me stop and ask the Lord, ‘How am I limiting You?’ Let me add another verse. Psalm 138:2 says, “I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.”

Review this with me. Proverbs 18:21 says that the name of the Lord is a strong tower. Philippians 2:10 says that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow. In Acts 3:16 Peter proclaimed that it was through the name of Jesus that the lame man was healed.

Romans 10:13 says, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Yet, the Lord says that He magnifies His word above His name.

I was thinking about this last night after I read it. To magnify means to make something bigger in our eyes. A magnifying glass, in a ray of sunlight, can intensify the heat on an object.

How do we limit God? When we disobey His word, tempt Him through questioning His timing, wanting out of our trials, or forgetting the price He paid to redeem us by sinning against Him.

When we are obeying God’s word, hiding it in our hearts, allowing it to transform our thoughts, we will become more like Jesus. There are folks around us who don’t read the Bible. They don’t know the Lord as their Savior.

2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” We are either diffusing our flesh which stinks and taints our testimony, or we are diffusing the fragrance of one who loves to dwell in His Presence. Psalm 45:8 says that His garments are scented with spices.

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