Limiting God

Read Psalm 78  
Focus verse – Psalms 78:41 – Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.  
 
To me, this is one of the most surprising verses in the Bible. When I think of God, I think of His majestic power. You think of His unlimited ability. I think about how He created the universe in the span of 7 days. I think about His taking a pile of dirt and creating man. I think about the complexity of life and how all the systems work together. I think about the mountains, the forests, the oceans, and yes, even the deserts. I think of how no creature is more powerful than Him.   Yet, here we see that man has limited God. Imagine, sinful, powerless man limiting the Almighty God.   How is this possible, how can man limit God. Certainly, man could not prevent God from performing something that is part of His plan and His will.   The only way this is possible is that God willingly allows Himself to be limited. Remember, God gives man a free will. He will not force man to follow Him. He will not force man to do what He wants. He wants man to serve Him out of a willing heart. God allows us to make the choice to follow Him.   I think most of us realize that if we make the wrong choices, we will lose some blessings. If we make the wrong choices, we will not be as successful as we could have been.   But do we realize that if we make the wrong choices, we will limit God as well. It won’t make Him any less Almighty. It won’t make Him any less God. But it will prevent Him from doing what He could have done if we had made right choices.   What are some ways that man can limit God? What are some choices that we can make that would restrict God from doing all He could do?   Today, I want to look at one way that man can limit God. 
 
Don’t pray. Prayer is the vehicle God has chosen for man to get things from Him.   James 4:2  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.   Man tries everything he can in his own power to get things. We work, we struggle, we think, we connive, we plan, yet we still lack. God made it so simple, just ask. I wonder how many things we don’t get from God because we never asked for them.
 
The story is told of John R. Rice, who had a dream that he was walking through a giant warehouse with the Lord. All around him were crates and crates. He noticed though, that many of the crates had his name on them. He finally asked the Lord, “why do all these crates have my name on them?”. Jesus replied, “those are things that I had for you, but you never asked”. 
 
May it not by our lot that we miss out on God’s blessings because we never ask.