Boxes, Boxes, Everywhere

Where do you keep God?

We have boxes for everything: boxes that are long, short, tall, wide, rectangular. Boxes that hold toys, boxes that hold tools, boxes for jewelry, boxes that hold appliances and the list goes on and on. We can find boxes for a myriad of things, and the one box we sometimes treasure most as Christians is the box where we keep God.

The beauty of our precious boxes is that we can determine what we put in, what we take out and what we use. It’s completely at our discretion without anyone’s input or advice. If we don’t like something in the box, we can remove it. Want more or less than what’s there? No problem. We add or take away at will.

Unfortunately, our theological or denominational beliefs and structure often help us create a box for God.  We stick God in the box we’ve created and expect Him stay within the boundaries of the box.  That is why so many Christians have a difficult time understanding why God does not move on their behalf. We’ve put Him in our box and refuse to allow Him to expand our understanding of what He desires to do in our life.

Ephesians 3:20-21 says, Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

When we keep God in a box of our own making, we not only fail to understand who God is, we underestimate what He can (and will) do in our lives.

Facing a difficulty in your life? Rather than focusing on the problem, or wondering if God can help you, allow God to do a work in your life. Concerned about finances? Worried about a job? Struggling with a health issue? Scripture reminds us,

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (I Peter 5:7)

Have you allowed something other than scripture to define the box you put God in? Take some time to get to know what the Bible says about God – and allow God to show you who He is.