When We Place Limits on an Infinite God {A Guest Post}

My sweet friend Abby McDonald is with us today and I couldn’t be more thrilled! This amazing woman is a woman of deep authentic faith and her words have inspired me so so much! She has a gentle way of pulling the truth of the Word of God into my every day, challenging me to change towards Him and yet encouraging me with every step.  At the end of this post is a little bit more about Abby and a link to her blog and social media. She would LOVE to connect with you, and trust me, you have to meet her! It is an absolute honor to have her here, sharing coffee and an honest look at the vast influence of the Holy Spirit. 

Abby's Sand Quote

“I find that people often expect too much from people and too little from God.”

The words from author and speaker, Christine Caine, stung because I knew how true they were. Do we really believe God is capable of all he says he is?

While pondering her words, I stood watching my three-year-old play in his sandbox. He poured the freshly laid sand into stencils and smiled with delight.

He wasn’t concerned about using too much or running out. To him, the supply was endless.

I, on the other hand, knew better. A couple of days ago we noticed the sand was depleted, so Daddy purchased a new bag and filled the box.

With each shovel-full my child dumped into the yard, I knew he was getting closer to the bottom.

Often, I believe we view the power of the Holy Spirit like the sand in that box. We think if we use too much of it, the supply will be depleted. Somehow we place limits on the limitless and set boundaries where there are none.

We would be better off if we stood on a beach and looked at the sand not just on the shore, but extending out into the depths of the ocean.

Like the sand that’s constantly being created by broken shells and rocks, the supply of the Holy Spirit flows continually. Waves are constantly creating friction, which produces new gains.

When God deposits the Holy Spirit within us after we proclaim him as Lord, his living water flows within us with an endless supply. As we spend time with Him and in the Word, we become in tune with the Spirit more and more.

So how do we obtain this limitless resource? If we’ve walked with the Lord any length of time, we know that there are periods where we become weary, burnt out, and feel as though we have nothing left to offer.

We ask for it. Plain and simple. We come before the throne of grace and ask for a drink in Jesus’ name. No matter where you are, what you’ve done or how far you’ve gone off the path, you can come.

When Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit for the first time and reveals his true identity as the Messiah, he does not choose to share this information with teachers of the law or upstanding religious leaders. Instead he shares this priceless gift with a Samaritan woman, who as low on the totem pole of social rank as anyone could be. (See John 4:1-42)

Our God is not a respecter of persons or one to show favoritism. He came to heal the sick, regardless of past sins, status or background.

And later, when he talks about the living water in the temple courts, he does not describe it as a limited resource, but an endless one.

“Whoever believes is me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit…” John 7:38-39 NIV

So why do we place limits on a boundless resource? Friend, we are finite beings trying to understand an infinite God. We stumble and we fall. We try to place an all-encompassing God into a neat little box when there is nothing big enough to contain him.

The problem is that when we do this, we ultimately limit ourselves. We confine ourselves to a tiny place in the atmosphere when God wants us to soar.

Today, I encourage you to drink from the fountain that never runs dry. Open the living Word, come before your Maker and ask him to quench your thirst.

Don’t place finite limits on an infinite God.

Believe He will deliver. Believe He will take your tiny mustard seed of faith and use it to move mountains.

When you ask for more of Him, He will never turn you away. And I can promise, you will be satisfied.

Abby McDonald

Abby McDonald is mom, a wife and a southern girl, currently living on the mountain side of Maryland, who fell in love with writing at a young age. For most of her life, she never shared her writing with anyone. She started Fearfully Made Mom because she felt God gently pushing her to share her writing with others who may feel alone in their struggles with self-doubt, accepting God’s grace, and finding their identity in Christ. Her desire is to show women they are fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who will relentlessly pursue them, even during their darkest times.

When she’s not chasing her two little boys around, Abby enjoys hiking, photography, reading, and consuming copious amounts of coffee with friends.

Abby would love to connect with you on her blog- Fearfully Made Mom, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

 

Linking up today with  Jennifer Dukes Lee for #tellHisstory today.

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25 Comments on “When We Place Limits on an Infinite God {A Guest Post}

  1. Believing He will deliver! All of His promises are sure. I repeat this to myself when I start to feel like something is too big for my measly supply of faith…
    Beautiful post, Abby! I’m revived when I visit here, lady! xxoo

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    • I’m so glad to hear that Christine and your post certainly revived me as well, friend. God has blessed me through you and I’m thankful he connected us in the blogging world. xoxo

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  2. It’s so good to see you here at Brandi’s place, Abby! And so good to remember that God will pour out His Spirit on us from a limitless supply. We just have to ask and then receive it in faith. Walking out to do whatever He’s calling us to.

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  3. I love that Jesus went to the Samaritan woman instead of the religious leaders of the day. This gives me encouragement today. Jesus looks on the heart! Love this post!

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    • I love it too, Kristine. How encouraging to read stories like this and know He is not a respecter of persons. It gives me such hope! Thanks for sharing here today, friend.

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  4. Just lovely, Abby – He is the only source that never runs dry. So grateful, heart-full, that we can run to Him and ask Him to supply our every need – that we can never tap the resource of His strength. Thank you for sharing here and to Brandi for hosting the words.

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  5. I love this. At the beginning of it I can also picture God caring for us like your husband did for your son. When we’re in God’s Word regularly and we’re going about the rest of our lives- not necessarily thinking about how things work out or turn out the way they do- behind the scenes God is filling up our sandboxes, making sure our needs are met according to His glorious riches. Just like a loving parent keeps a watchful eye on their kids, God is always watching out for us too. Sometimes He allows natural consequences to take place to teach us and refine us, just as we do as parents, but He always provides. Lovely post, Abby!

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    • Isn’t the parent/child relationship a breathtaking thing when we look at it in the light of our relationship with God. He sees and He knows and He is passionately aware of our needs. I, too, found the picture of the full sandbox with a blissfully unaware child awe striking. God pours out His abundance for us leaving us satisfied beyond even our own awareness. So grateful to have you here this week, thank you!! And thank you Abby, for this amazing post!

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  6. Thanks for sharing, oh boy did I need this one today! He’s been revealing to me that when He says I can ask for anything, that means ANYTHING….period.

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  7. Well said. I really needed to hear this message. THe challenges which lie before me require a limitless resource and the reminder that I have such a resource in Jesus’ name is a great encouragement!

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  8. Abby,
    Your post reminds me of the scripture on the “vine and the branches”. Jesus reminds us that He is the one true vine and we are the branches. If we remain in Him and He in us we will bear much fruit. When I think of myself as one of those branches abiding in Him, my living water source of love, power, strength, joy and ability to bear fruit never runs out. Like your beautiful example, I often need “visuals” to remind me that we can never run out of God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit and I am being small minded to try to put God in a box. Thanks for the reminder!!
    Much love,
    Bev

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    • Oh yes, Bev. I am a very visual person. When I found that beach picture on Flickr I could not stop looking at it and thinking about the process of sand being made. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and I love that passage about the vine and the branches. It’s one of my go-tos. (hugs)

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  9. So glad to see you in Brandi’s beautiful place, Abby! ❤ And this simple statement is simply profound,"Don’t place finite limits on an infinite God." Yes. Why do I do that? I love this reminder today. I NEED this reminder today. Nothing is impossible with our great and mighty God. Nothing. No thing. ❤ Thank you for feeding ME today. xoxo

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    • Meredith, we all do this but thank God for his grace and mercy! I’ve been diving into reading on power of the Holy Spirit more lately, and I just can’t get enough. Thank you, Jesus. xoxo

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