“Daddy, if the speed limit is 65, why do they make cars that run 120?” There was no accusation in the innocent voice of my twelve year old daughter as she asked that question, for I was very careful not to drive excessively fast with my children in the car — unlike how I drove sometimes when alone on the open road — for I truly love speed.
Fortunately, I suppressed the first thought which popped into my head, which was, “120? This car will do 30 mph faster than that, I’ve clocked it myself!”. And just because we traveled to Montana frequently where they had no speed limit on the highway other than “Prudent and Reasonable”, there was still probably no good rationale for vehicles being designed to run more than twice the maximum speeds. This was truly one of those, “I don’t know, honey.” moments, and I have unsuccessfully mulled her question in my mind numerous times in the years since.
But my mind always worked the opposite of my young daughter’s mind, for I was always the one to push the limits as far as I could. I would question, “Why would I drive 65 when my car can easily go twice that fast?”. I know that you might be shaking your head or think that I’m insane; most people can’t imagine driving 140 or 150 mph. And most people that have had the opportunity (in the right car on an open road) have opted not to do so because of natural caution. Or maybe you don’t believe that your car can run that fast anyway? Or perhaps you would do it but you are not one to break the rules? Well, whatever the case, I won’t be the one to fault you because I am honest enough to realize that in this case you are the one who is right and I am wrong. I have no legitimate argument to defend my excess speed.
However, driving speed really wasn’t my topic when I started writing a minute ago. My meditations this morning focused upon God’s awesome power and how little of it we have ever tapped. Why? Why would we serve a living God and act as though He had no more power than a stone idol? How can we settle for the ordinary when He promises us the spectacular? What is it within us that steals our passion for a more intense life and experience? Who set the boundaries that limit our thinking, blinding us from the God who has revealed Himself to us?
Someone has blinded us, for sure, because the fact is that even most Christians will hasten to start explaining away God’s assertions of the power available to us. Think not? Here’s a test for you and a group of your Christian friends: Read Jesus’ words, “If you had even the faith of the tiniest seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible for you.” in Matthew 17:20. Compare that to similar statements in Mark 11 and Luke 17 and then ask the group, “Does God have the power to do what Jesus says that He does?”. I have heard every explanation in the world about why we can’t do what Jesus says that we can, how the mountain isn’t a literal mountain, the tree isn’t a literal tree, the promise is limited in dispensation — you name it, I’ve heard it — but I believe that they can all be summed up by one thing; lack of faith in God.
You see, if you don’t believe that God can do amazing things through you, He can’t. If you are afraid for God to use you, He won’t. If you don’t want to be different, you won’t be.
We have bought the world’s definition of God. We redefine God and His power with our scientific rational thinking so that we will never experience the supernatural. Because the spirit realm is outside the scope of our empirical senses, we give it little thought or credence. That we exist, as spirits, in a realm apart from physical limitations; time, space, mass, even as we occupy these physical bodies absorbs little of our focus. Few give significant attention to spirit communication while many consider such bogus. Then we wonder why we never achieve pure harmony with God. Are we afraid to go beyond the limits of our own thinking? Are we afraid that God might actually use us in ways that we can’t explain?
Paul explained to the Corinthians that “a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” and follows by distinguishing those who have received God’s Spirit, “we have the mind of Christ”. It actually takes an entirely different mind from that which is natural to man to see the absurdity of driving 55 in a spiritual realm when we have the power that shaped the universe under the hood. God wants our lives to be so far above what we are imagining… “beyond all that we ask or even think”.
So, why are we stuck in the slow lane when we have power to spare awaiting our surrendered lives and bent knees?
Jack was raised in a Christian home where he spent his youth preparing to preach God’s word. First published at thirteen, writing and speaking became Jack’s passions. Whether through newspaper columns, magazine articles, radio broadcasts or public speaking engagements, Jack continues to share his heart with his readers. His life’s motto: To Know God, and To Show Him To Others.