One of the benefits we enjoy in God’s presence and at the entrance of His Word is light. It was an illuminating time for us on Sunday as we experienced a paradigm shift: we have come to a line of thought that God is unlimited in His ways and methods. He can bring down the walls you face but can also decide to give you capacity to go over those walls, because His ways are past finding out (Romans 11:33; Psalm 103:7).
We considered the blessing pronounced on the 11th child of Jacob in Genesis 49:22 – “Joseph is a fruitful bough. A fruitful bough by the well; his branches run over the wall”, and Apostle Paul’s resolution concerning an issue he wanted gone badly in 2Corinthians 12:8-10 – “Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong”.
A wall could be a symbol of protection and defense (Zechariah 2:5; Ecclesiastes 10:8; Proverbs 25:28), it could be a symbol of what regulates access, and it could also mean limitations and restrictions (Zechariah 2:2-4; Josh 6:1).
When you are faced with a limitation that continues to stare you in the face even after you have done all you can about it, check out Romans 15:4. You will derive hope that doesn’t make ashamed (Romans 5:5). Moses, for example, was a man called by God to be a deliverer of His people. In Exodus 4:10, Moses called God’s attention to his limitation, but God made Moses understand that it didn’t matter whether he stammered it or spoke it fluently, He would honour it.
Paul also had a limitation, which he pleaded that God should take away. However, God’s response was consistent at all instances, “My grace is sufficient for you and My strength made perfect in weakness”. This means that God knew about it, but also knew that it didn’t matter. God operates in a way that ensures that the divine factor and His involvement cannot be factored out of your life (2Corinthians 4:7; 1Corinthians 1:26). God’s strength is best pronounced in your weaknesses. The reason that God chooses men with weaknesses is so that no flesh will glory in His presence. Paul’s limitation could not stop Paul from writing two-thirds of the New Testament; it could not stop him from planting churches in Asia Minor, neither could it stop him from being used by God in doing the miraculous.
This is the good news – any limitation that God doesn’t take away is a limitation of no consequence as far as the fulfillment of your destiny is concerned. It is a limitation that you can climb over. It means IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER.
May God do unusual things through your life and in your life. You are graced to climb over those limitations, in Jesus’ name.
Beethoven, Helen Keller, Joyce Meyer, Cobhams Asuquo, Steve Wonder, and many more climbed over their walls; surmounted limitations, and escaped the clutches of a past and a story that would not go away. Rahab, King David’s Great-Grandmother, also climbed over a wall into a lineage of grace. In Hebrews 11:31, her “limitation” was still mentioned in the Hall of Faith. Whatever men have said about you will be far surpassed, and you’ll go beyond every form of limitation. Hear this – whatever men say you are not qualified for, with God, you are overqualified for.
There are certain walls Joseph had to climb over, and that we all have to climb over as well:
The wall of human comfort (Genesis 37:3-4). Joseph was the beloved of his father, and God knew in that environment his destiny would be limited. So He organised his transportation from a life of ease so Joseph could experience a life of significance (Psalm 105:17). Those who lead a life of ease will never experience a life of importance (John 12:24; Jeremiah 48:11; Amos 6:1; Lamentations 3:27-28,31).
The wall of human vulnerability. In Genesis 39, Joseph’s character was tested. On your way to destiny fulfillment, your character will be tested. Jesus Christ was also tempted (Luke 4:13). We pass a character test by a personal choice and by the grace that is available. Sin doesn’t just happen. You are first tempted and enticed, but you don’t have to buy. Don’t stay long in a space that will feed your vulnerability. Joseph not only resisted the sin, but he also fled from it.
The wall of human ingratitude. In Genesis 40:23, the Chief butler suffered amnesia. He forgot Joseph. Human beings have a tendency to forget.
What it takes to succeed in life is not the absence of limitations but the presence of a motivation that outweighs every limitation, and the presence of tenacity that makes you pursue your loftiest ideals in the spirit of no compromise.
What does it take to climb over walls?
God (Psalm 18:29; 60:12)
Be a Psalm 1 man. Meditate on God’s Word (Psalm 1; Genesis 49:22; Genesis 24:63; Joshua 1:8). This meditation is filling the mind with God’s word (Psalm 119:97-99; Psalm 77:6). It will trigger and provoke revelation.