It is possible for us to limit God’s ability to what we term as ‘easy’ things
We know the story of the Israelites in the desert who quarreled with Moses because there was no water to drink (Exodus 17:1-7). When Moses struck the rock, water gushed out and streams flowed abundantly. They were testing God to see if “the Lord is among us or not?” We know that God showed them His faithfulness.
Then in Psalm 78, recounting the history of the Jewish nation, verse 20 is an interesting verse:
True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?’
They were saying in our words: “True, we know He can cause water to come out of a rock, that was ‘easy peasy’ for Him, but can He also give us food . . . give us meat?”
They thought it an easy task for God to supply water in a desert by striking a rock. Their reasoning said the water could have been there all along. But it would not be so easy for God to supply bread and meat in a desert! That was impossible.
This is the same as saying:
- Sure God can heal flu, but can He heal cancer?
- Sure God can send me some money, but can He help me get out of financial trouble?
- Sure God can help my husband and I argue less, but can He heal our marriage?
We who have little faith (little belief) limit God to what we think are easier tasks for Him and rule out the difficult tasks.
We rule out certain prayers for miracles (the impossible) in our lives because of our own understanding of God, our own ‘common sense’, our own belief that it cannot be done. We display little faith.
Peter, who had been walking on water with Jesus looked at the waves and the strong winds and doubted Jesus’ ability to keep him walking on water. When Peter first started walking, he was focused on Jesus, but when Peter started looking at his environment he reasoned that it was not possible for Jesus. Jesus grabbed him and said:
You have so little faith. Why did you doubt me? – Matthew 14:31
Having little faith, caused Peter’s existing faith to sink
He doubted Jesus’ ability. He limited Jesus to what was ‘easy peasy,’ not the impossible. Jesus himself reminds us: “What is impossible with man is possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
Psalm 78:21 continues to tell us that when the Lord heard of the lack of faith of the Israelites, He was angry. Why? “For they did not believe in God or trust in His deliverance.”
Let’s not limit God
Let’s not limit God to what we think is ‘easy peasy’ for Him to do in our lives. Instead let us have faith that believes our God can do the impossible and start believing for the impossible in our lives and praying impossible prayers.
Don’t display little faith and go easy on Him.