God’s Gift of Limits

by Pete Scazzero

Limits are often the last place we look for God. We want to conquer them, plan around them, deny them, and fight them. We attend leadership conferences so we can step out in faith and break through the limits before us.

The problem is that when we fail to look for God in our limits, we often bypass him. And we get ourselves, our families, and those we lead in a lot of trouble. Why? Because in God’s economy, the obstacles before us are often the path itself.

When God sets limits before us, he rarely provides a reason or explanation. Limits do, however, confront us with his authority. They force us to make a decision – to trust his goodness or to rebel against him. For this reason, limits take us to the heart of the spiritual warfare that rages around our leadership and relationship with Jesus.

In this podcast, we will consider Adam and Eve in the Garden, Jesus being tempted by Satan in the desert, and David at the height of his power and influence. Before listening, let me invite you to meditate on four texts that I have found to be particularly helpful in my own lifelong struggle with limits:

Our God is in heaven;
He does whatever pleases Him. Ps. 115:3

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deut. 29:29

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are My ways your ways,”
declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Is. 55:8-9

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out. Rom.11:33

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