We like to think we are strong, and maybe we are, but there’s only so much we can handle at one time. We are finite creatures with a finite capacity unto ourselves. There is wisdom in knowing our limits. There is wisdom in knowing the limits of others. Here’s an example, I expect great things from my children, because of course they are amazing people, but I also recognize they have their own limitations. My main role as their dad is to help them become the woman and man of faith that God has made and called them to be. There are things I want to tell them and teach them, but they aren’t ready for it yet.
God knows we have our limits and can only handle so much. I think we never fully understand God, because we couldn’t handle it. I still don’t fully comprehend that Jesus would die for us, imagine being one of his disciples before he was crucified. How much could you understand?
Jesus predicted Judas’ betrayal, Peter’s denial, and his own death. He promises his disciples the Companion/Comforter/Advocate/Holy Spirit, when he realizes they have reached their limit. Then he gives us this nugget of wisdom.
“I have much more to say to you, but you can’t handle it now.” – John 16: 12
What are your limits? Do you know them?
What are the limits of those around you? How can you best help them?
Prayer: Lord, be with us. Love us beyond our limits. Give us wisdom to know our own limitations and the limitations of others. Help us to love others beyond their limits. Amen.