1998-05-11 - Knowing Limitations
Revelation 19:6 … Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
After five billion dollars the Denver International Airport is open. It doesn't exactly function like they planned. Apparently the subway/tram system leaves a little to be desired. Before that it was the baggage system that didn't work. The Mayor of Denver, Wellington Webb, explained himself and his city by announcing, "We're not God". A very observant remark. He went on to say, "We don't know when the train's going to stop or when the sun's going to rise". Most of those flying out of Denver, I imagine, hope that Mayor Webb and all those involved with the airport focus on fixing the tram before they worry about figuring out the rising of the sun.
However, it points out an obvious reality, we all have limitations. Five billion bucks could purchase a good size company and one should hope that it could get a tram system up and running. The reality is that in spite of what should have been, the system does not work. We are like this ourselves. In spite of all our efforts, every penny we might throw at a problem, all the time we might devote to an issue, even all the prayer we might plead before the thrown of grace, at the end of the day, when the dust settles, we know we have limitations and some things we can not change.
No one on this devotional list will get a Ford Escort to break the sound barrier. No one reading this can eat 100 hot dogs in under 60 seconds. It just is not possible and in spite of all we wish, hope, desire, think, or plan, some things are beyond us.
While the realities of life set in upon us there is another reality that is just a true. There are no limitations with God. God is above all limitations, including the obvious limitations that effect us. If God speaks, it happens. If God desires, all obstacles vanish. God is above all limitations!
To use a more theological term, God is omnipotent. He is all power. He has all power. He alone may do as He pleases. And lest you think this limits your personal choice or freedom as a human, created being, think about the comfort and freedom such a God brings to us. His promise is to love His Children, to tenderly care for them and supply all their needs. He can do it. There is so much comfort in knowing a loving God who may supply all our needs. This day, this hour, this second, the Creator, the Saviour of your souls and lives has your needs, fears, cares, worries, hopes and prayers at the center of His universe. How great and limitless a God we serve and worship.
"A man with God on his side is always in the majority." John Knox
"If God be God, then no insoluble problem exist(s). And if God be my God, then no problem of mine is without its appropriate solution." Maurice Roberts
Soli Deo Gloria,