Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
We can hinder the potential of God in our lives. We can actually limit the work that He desires to accomplish through us.
Two groups of people exist: those who make good and those who make excuses. When we blame someone else for our failure, we empower that person to control us. If we do not take control of our lives, someone else will.
Do you think you are too young? Jesus taught the rabbis when he was nine years old. Too old? Abraham fathered a child at 100. Not educated? A handful of unlearned fishermen changed the world. Not well-connected? You do know the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
Another way to destroy our potential is to demand instant gratification. We must submit to the plans of the Master Potter and allow Him to shape us into His image. It is a painstaking, time-consuming process, but He promises to be with us through the very end.
We can also forfeit our God-given potential by expecting His benefits without assuming responsibility. When we fail to pick up our crosses and follow Him, we limit His work in us. We forget that if we lose our lives for His sake, we can reach the fullness of our potential. He will make us beautiful in His time!