Limited and Limitless

Don’t you love to get a coupon that has the words, “No Expiration Date” on it? Although it is rare to find such a coupon, I love to get one and hold on to it! After all, coupon clipping can become a tedious job of filing into categories, and then also by the ones that are going to expire first. I had a slot in the front of my coupon holder that was titled, “Soon to Expire” for just that reason.

Handicaps bring with them limited ability. Perhaps ability is limited in mobility, or vision, or even speaking. Even emotional stability has limitations. A busy mother or employee sighs and mumbled to himself, “I cannot do this anymore,” and just wants to quit.

In contrast to our human, finite abilities, we can turn to the pages of God’s Word and find the limitless qualities of God. Power to open the Red Sea, power to give sight to blind eyes, power to encourage a faltering heart—those are just three of countless ways God cares for His own. All we need to do is open our hearts to see the possibilities!

This morning I had the pleasure of teaching my local group at the Senior Center about Hagar. I love the passage where Hagar has run away from Sarah. Hagar sits weeping and bewildered when a messenger from God speaks to her. She recognizes that it is God giving her a message of hope. This is Abraham’s God. Questioningly she speaks, “Thou God seest me?” Then as if a light broke through her senses, Hagar understood that not only did God see her, now she was seeing God. This God of Abraham could be her God!

It is good for us to remember that we cannot put God in a box and expect Him to work in only a certain way. God has limitless ways to prove His unconditional love, mercy, grace, peace, joy—well, the list is almost limitless! All of what we can possibly think, and then so much more is at our disposal if we will just look into God’s Word in faith that we will find Him there. God is watching, listening, reaching out to us whether we are rejoicing or in anguish.

You will find the account of Hagar in Genesis 16, and again in chapter 21. It is more than a story; it is an account of how God reached out to a lonely, frustrated servant girl.



  1. Great application, Karyl.

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