From The Chaplain's Corner
By Bart Henderson
Do You Limit God?
One day years ago, I was reading my Bible and I came across the verses below. I asked Jesus how did he feed the thousands with a few fishes and a few loaves of bread. Instead of telling me, He demonstrated the answer to me.
And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake [them], and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken [meat] that was left seven baskets full. (KJV Matthew 15:34-37)
And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before [them]; and they did set [them] before the people. And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before [them]. (KJV Mark 8:5-7)
During this time, I need daily medication for my on going health. One of my employer's benefits is that I could get a three months supply of medicine per prescription. In order to get refills, I have to send my prescription by mail and about two to three weeks later, I will then receive it at home.
Well, right after I asked the question to Jesus, I noticed about two or maybe a three-day supply of pills left in my bottle. The medicine bottle when shaken was appears to be almost empty. Just by shaking it, I knew it was more than one but not more than three days left. Well I mail the prescription and prayed for His intervention. I heard a small voice in my head, He said, "Do not look in the bottle when you take your medicine and give thanks".
With those instructions and every day for over two weeks, I took my medicine without looking in the bottle and gave thanks. Daily the bottle sounded with the same rattle, two to three days worth. Then beginning of the third week, the rattle changed until I heard nothing after taking the last pill. Due to His word, Jesus provided that very same day, my medicine refill arrived at home. With love of my God, I gave praise and thanksgiving because He supplied my needs.
Then I asked Him again on what happened and how did He supply me with my medicine, and He said, "You did not limit me. By your faith, you did not look in the bottle and I was able to provide. You did not limit me with unbelief. Now reread the verses you inquired about".
After reading the above verses again I can now understand how Jesus feed the thousands of hungry people. Jesus had them all to sit down on the ground. He then had the fishes and bread placed it into baskets. He then raised the baskets high above everybody's head and gave thanks. No one was able to look in and limit the amount of food to a fixed amount. Jesus demonstrated His faith by continuing reaching in and broke the bread and fishes until the hungry was fed. Again no one looked into the baskets and therefore did not limit God in doing His miracle!
Maybe one of the reasons if God does not move much in your life is that you might be limiting God. You are limiting Him because you "looked". By looking, you demonstrate unbelief. God is moved by faith. The Book of Hebrews goes into great details on faith. By faith, you must move and do exactly what He says. Do not try to analyze and examine on what He tells you. You have the right to test the Holy Spirit, which is biblically correct, if you desire. When you get His conformation and by your faith, miracles will happen because you are not limiting God.