“But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.”
God must be disappointed by how we put Him in a box. We pray “God in the Box” prayers like He’s a short-order miracle maker, and we’re at a drive-through. We reduce our prayers to Him to desperation mode attempts to “have it our way.” Even when His way is better. And the truth is, God even hears those prayers. The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. (Ps.14:8) He has to be hurt by our lack of belief in Him, by our prayer lives. He must be angered by our stiff-necked churches and by those who only want Him to do amazing “tricks” before their eyes, and forget to seek Him first. We reduce God, and in so doing, reduce our own power in Him to live marked, victorious lives.
He amazes me that He tolerates this discounting of the hugeness of who He is. I limit my relationship with God by my own lack of understanding, and I don’t really have a clue of the magnitude of His nature. He’s bigger than whoever we have him conceived to be.
I’ve heard each of the following statements said and have spoken them myself. Yet my own eyes have seen miracles that contradict. “Some people are more concerned about watching a circus side show of God instead of being willing to walk the hard day to day discipline of obedience.” “Speaking in tongues was something that happened once to foreshadow that day when every tribe and nation will come together in heaven.” “God uses doctors today where He used to do the miracle Himself.” He has promised in John, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) We limit God’s power by our own lack of faith. We limit His goodness by small prayers. The truth is we cannot limit God. We simply limit giving Him the glory for all He is. I still am seeking answers to these thoughts, and at this point know there is a balance. Again, I wonder if that last statement limited my concept of God. It may be more true to acknowledge that there isn’t balance with God, but recognize that He is an extreme God whose limitations are none, but only hindered by our understanding of who He is.