Job 34:10-12 – LIFE UNLIMITED AT CHRISTMAS
No arms. No legs. No limits. Born without limbs, Nick Vujicic is an Australian man who travels the world with a message that declares “that the most important goal for anyone is to find their life’s purpose despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in their way.” He proves it with his unbelievable zest for life and by achieving ridiculously impossible things from skateboarding, surfing, playing music, hitting a golf ball. LIFE UNLIMITED. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4uG2kSdd-4
Nick says “When you give up on your dreams, you put God in a box. After all , you are His creation. He made you for a purpose. Therefore your life cannot be limited any more than God’s love can be contained.” (Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic).
That’s the key! The only way to get a handle on the UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES of life is to see the absolutely LIMITLESS CHARACTER of the God I serve. In Job 34 Elihu begins to paint a picture of our unlimited God …
1. HE CAN DO NO WRONG
Elihu – “Everyone knows that God doesn’t sin” (Job 34:10 NLT). Not only that but Habakkuk 1:13 (NLT) declares of God “You are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil.”
If He is so pure and sinless, then why does God allow evil in the world? Why does He allow people to die of starvation? If He is not responsible, who is? If God is sinless, then I have to ask “What would my life look like if I stopped ACCUSING GOD of all sorts of things that He hasn’t done? What would it look like if I saw MY part, ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY for the wrongs of the world and with God’s help, doing something about it. Instead of saying “Why has God allowed this terrible thing to happen?” as if God is a genie in a bottle who needs to do things MY WAY, I will see that “We have ‘reaped what we sowed!’ and I need God’s help in sowing an entirely different crop.”
The possibilities for change are only as big as who or what I choose to serve in life. Self service limited my potential down to the lowest common denominator. I am created to serve the UNLIMITED, all powerful, sovereign Lord of the universe and see His purposes accomplished through me.
The Bible is clear that SIN is the key blocking agent to me having a relationship with God. Romans 6:23 says that the consequence of sin is DEATH (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus who knew no sin died on my behalf and paid what I owed for my sin (Romans 3:23-24). UNLIMITED LOVE unshackles my life. I am no longer limited by the havoc of my sin. Forgiveness means that I can make an UNLIMITED DIFFERENCE.
2. HE GIVES ME EVERY OPPORTUNITY
Elihu says that God “repays people according to their deeds. He treats people as they deserve” (Job 34:11 NLT). If this were true I wouldn’t be here. He would have snuffed my life out at birth rather than wait around until I proved how much I could mess things up.
God does NOT treat us as we deserve. He treats us with GRACE. He gives me EVERY OPPORTUNITY to include Him into the equation of my life. 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT) says the Lord is patient for our sake, “… He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” He loves me enough to save me from reaping what I deserve. He is the only One who can.
I can reap the UNLIMITED BENEFITS of what God has sown into the world when He sent His only Son on that very first Christmas Day. It was on Christmas day, many years ago, that I gave my life to Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) says to those who are followers of Christ “God saved you by His grace when you believed…” Grace is UNDESERVED FAVOUR. A total GIFT. Something I can’t work for, earn or deserve in any way. UNLIMITED love that frees my capacity to love others (1 John 4:19) and live life to the full (John 10:10).
As Nick Vujicic says – MY “LIFE CANNOT BE LIMITED ANY MORE THAN GOD’S LOVE CAN BE CONTAINED.” I can achieve that which is ridiculously impossible (Philippians 4:13).
I was out of breath and couldn’t keep up. Running in the park with my 5 year old grandson is a challenge. Just as I was about to stop he turned around and yelled with excitement, “Come on Pa! You’ve got your whole life ahead of you!” LIFE UNLIMITED.
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