God Is Not Restricted To What You See

Not restricted to what you can see, as used here, is a reference to how God can do great things for those whom He loves, even when we don't see how He can do it. A key idea in this series of devotionals, "Rejoice Instead of Weep," based on Ezra 3:10-13, is that "We should rejoice more than we weep."

In this devotional, let's focus on the fact that God is not restricted by our buildings or accomplishments. In our text, God was God, before the first Temple was built. God was too big to live in the first Temple. God was still God, when the Jews were in Babylonian captivity.

God was God, as the second Temple was being rebuilt. And God was God, when the second Temple was destroyed. Nothing that the Jews did added to or subtracted from God being God.

We ought to remind ourselves that God is independent of human accomplishments and circumstances. In war and in peace, in prosperity and in poverty, in sickness and in health, God is God all by Himself. If God was worthy of our praises on the mountain then He is still worthy in valley, because He is still God.

And as God, He is still working things out for His people (see Rom. 8:28). Praise Him no matter the circumstances. Somehow God will get the glory, and His people will get the blessings from the smaller foundation and building and from whatever circumstance we find ourselves in.

Just as God took slaves and share croppers and made Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass; just as God took a homeless Tyler Perry and abused Oprah Winphrey and turned them into a movie maker and a billionaire philanthropist; God can take the messy pieces of our lives and do great things.

There is nothing too hard for God. Rejoice because God is not restricted by our buildings and accomplishments

Self Examination
1. List some examples of how when you did not see how God could make a way, but He made a way anyhow.

2. What are you going to do to increase your amount of rejoicing, since God can do more than you expect?

Prayer
God, the One who is able to do more than I can image, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have proven over and over again that you are not restricted by my understanding and expectations.

I confess that I have often under estimated how great You really are. Please forgive me and help me to rejoice in what You can do, instead of weep over my limited understanding. In Jesus' name, amen.

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