Alone With Your Limits

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Alone With Your Limits By Kirk Hunt

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

1 Kings 19:4 NKJV
(Please also read 1 Kings 19:1–4.)

 

Queen Jezebel’s single messenger did what scores of pagan priests could not.  Elijah, fresh from winning an entire nation back to God, was intimidated.  He fled alone into the wilderness.  There his prayers were unworthy of Jehovah-Sabaoth or even of the (still) faithful man who prayed them.

 

Everyone, even the strongest or smartest of us, has a limit.  And as you approach your limit, you become vulnerable to injury and pressure.  Despite his close connection to God, and the miraculous events of his ministry, Elijah proved to have mere human limitations.

 

Yes, you are a daughter or son of God.  He chooses to focus His limitless power through (very) limited vessels.  Be grateful for the privilege, but know that he has not done away with your humanity.  Especially your human limits.

 

Elijah proves that even the best of us must constantly refer back to our source of strength.  God provides His power for His purposes.  Know your limits even as you operate in His power.

 

Think:                I must rely on God’s power to build His Kingdom, despite my human limits.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, use me in your Kingdom, despite my limits.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2016, Kirk Hunt

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God Sets Your Limits

“God Sets Your Limits” by Kirk Hunt

 

And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

Job 2:6 KJV

 

Job lost his wealth in Chapter 1. The donkeys and oxen were rustled. The camels stolen. The sheep incinerated. Worst of all, his children died in a tornado.

 

I can not imagine Job’s grief, heartache and distress. Still, in the middle of loss and devastation, Job went in faith to God. Without hesitation. Without doubt.

 

In ultimate cruelness, the enemy of Job’s soul looked for more to take. He wanted to push Job past his limits. God, the lover of our souls, set limits on what Job would endure. In Chapter 2, Job lived through painful boils and scabs, on top of his other losses.

 

God, omniscient and sovereign, sets your limits. Believe it or not, this is good news. Even when it seems that you are beyond what you can endure, you are within what God allows for your life.

 

Often, that feels like the “scary version.” Do not be fooled. God has limited what will come. Even when it feels you can not endure more. Especially when you think the load is too much for any human, yet alone you.

 

We know the ending of Job’s story. He lived to raise a second set of children, and held even greater wealth. You may not know the ending of your story, but you know who writes your life. And it will be good news.

 

Think: God, who loves me, sets my limits.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to trust You and the limits You set for my life.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2011, Kirk Hunt