How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. —PSALM 36:7-8
We live in a world of limits. There are limits to how much we can do, how much we can bear, and how far we can go. We can be only so patient, so understanding, and so strong. And depending on who we are, those limits vary. I can drive three hundred miles a day, but an Amish friend may be limited to ten miles with a horse and buggy. In the Amish community, limits enforce and support values. Home is valued—so stay close. Contemplation and quietness are valued—so go slow.
The problem comes when we apply our view of limits to our view of God: God can love only “this type” of people. God can forgive only “these types” of sins. God cannot tolerate “that type” of lifestyle—a busy, fast-paced, modern one. Or, God must be displeased by those who live with so many rules and laws.
Yet God is not affected by our view of limits. Nor is He limited by anything. Psalm 145:3 says, “Great is the Lˇ! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.” Psalms such as this one remind us how great God is, yet mere words cannot fully describe His love and faithfulness, righteousness and judgment.
Think about the limits you’ve set up. They may be for your protection and safety, but maybe they’re rigid walls that need to be taken down. Ask God’s Spirit to show you what adjustments you need to make.
Limits help us conform, but may we never be more concerned about keeping within them—or with stretching them—than we are concerned about dwelling with our limitless God.
Dear heavenly Father, my mind cannot grasp Your greatness, and my words cannot explain Your glory. Remove any unhealthy limits I’ve placed around myself. Build up any healthy limits I need to set. But mostly, fill me with the joyful knowledge of Your limitlessness!
Excerpt from The One Year Book of Amish Peace.
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In our instantly connected world, it’s surprisingly easy to lose our connection to God. This devotional taps Amish wisdom in order to help us draw closer to God and hear his voice. In The One Year Book of Amish Peace, you’ll get a daily taste of Amish values and wisdom. Tricia Goyer shares her fascination with the Amish in a way that will inspire and encourage believers to carve out more time in each day to listen to God and experience his presence. This daily devotional contains interesting facts about the Amish, recipes, and information about the way the Amish handle money, rear their children, and center their lives on faith in God. You’ll be inspired to slow down and find ways to simplify so that you, too, can experience God in the ordinary.
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