Are we limiting what God can do by our actions and attitudes? thinking of him in human terms?
Abraham and Moses knew the voice of God. The Israelites were used to hearing about a people who worshipped idols. They were afraid of God who had sent the death angel to kill all the firstborn of the Egyptians. When the Israelites started their journey in the wilderness, it was a time for them to get to know God. It was their opportunity to escape Egypt. Their journey included many trials and they were often in trouble because they didn’t know God. He wanted them to know more about his nature and his father-like love. Yet they feared him. They knew God told them not to touch the mountain or they would die, and they had to go through Moses as their mediator.
Exodus 19:1-12 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai…Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying…tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation…Moses came and called for the elders…and laid before their faces all these words…And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do…And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever…Go unto the people, and sanctify them…be ready against the third day…the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. And thou shalt set bounds unto the people…saying, Take heed…go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:
Our faith starts to develop as we hear more of God’s word. As we get to know him, there’s a love relationship and encouragement. In other words, we realize God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and always present for us. When we consider this omni-nature of God, it helps us know he’s going to be there for us as a living, vital God. The successful Bible examples will show us not to be fearful in our trials and battles. Reading the Bible is so important to increasing our knowledge, understanding, and faith. Our soul will be expanding.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Our prayers, burden for souls, and expectations from God should increase. There’s an exceeding greatness of his power for God’s people to succeed and to not limit God.
Ephesians 1:18-20 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ…
Elisha’s servant was afraid when he saw they were surrounded by the large Syrian army. Elisha prayed his servant’s eyes would be opened. Then his servant saw chariots of fire in the mountains all around to help them. For us today, we would spiritually see the assistance we need. We have grace, longsuffering, and assurance, but we can also have confidence in what God will do for us in every situation. When we’ve earnestly prayed before God, he will help us for seemingly impossible things. God is able to do above what we expect, “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20). We can’t limit what God can do.
II Kings 6:17…said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Some things we have to work at, “work out your salvation” (Philippians 2:12). There are things we’re working on that don’t happen overnight. We have to pray until we’ve really prayed. We have to pray with a great desire, sincere depth and urgency where we’re really connecting with God. The fervent prayer “availeth much” (James 5:16). We need to work at keeping our mind into the service so we’re earnestly praying in our hearts during services so souls will be getting help.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Diana Licon)