God Doesn’t Fit In Your Box (4/12/13)

Read: Joshua 5:1-7:15, Luke 15:1-32, Psalm 81:1-16, Proverbs 13:1

When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?”
“Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.”
At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?” (Joshua 5:13-14)

God in a box

Relate: The Calvanist says, “God is sovereign. He is on my side.” The Arminianist replies, “No, He has given us free will. He is on my side.” The republican says, “God demands holiness, He is on my side.” The democrat says, “No, He loves the poor, He is on my side.” The Methodist and the Presbyterian argue their point. The Catholic and the protestant duke it out. The baptist and the pentecostal go at it. The Muslim fundamentalist says God is on his side. The Jewish fundamentalist says the same, as does the Christian fundamentalist. The Hindu fundamentalist says all the gods are on his side. The atheist looks at the whole crowd arguing and says, “Thank you all for proving my point.”

React: The question has never been, “Is God for me or for my enemy?” All that question proves is that we have created a box and fashioned a god in our image that we want to make sure fits inside it. The question is too egocentric. The answer is yes. God is for me. He is also for my enemy. He is also for my friends, and my acquaintances, and for the people I have never even met. When I ask that question what I am saying is, “I have fashioned this box for You, God… now fit in it.” That sounds kinda dangerous… you think?

It is time for me to get away from egocentric questions. Instead of, “Is God for me?” It should be, “Am I for God?” Instead of trying to fashion an adequate box to hold what I believe of God, I should be trying to shape my life to be an adequate vessel that already has the living God in me. God is the center, not me, and I have to do everything I can to wrap everything else I know around that fact. God leads, not me, and I have to do everything I can to make sure I am on His side. He is far too great for any box I can make or even imagine.

Respond: 

God, You are far greater than I could ever fathom. Help me to take my eyes off of myself and keep them on You. Help me to focus more and more on who You are rather than trying to fit You into what I would like You to be. Bust down my boxes. You are Holy, Wonderful, Marvelous, Glorious, Omnipotent, Righteous and Mighty. Let me find myself lining up on Your side.

24 thoughts on “God Doesn’t Fit In Your Box (4/12/13)

  1. Enjoyed your most thoughtful post. [A little disturbed to read the computer generated statement 'God does not fit into your box'.

    Here's something I was writing for a fictional work today:

    "The Fellowship [part of the story] has identified seven global issues which it seeks to ameliorate by applying subtle influence. But to do so, we have to deprive those we touch of the basic human right to live free from manipulation. If God is dead, we are among those powers seeking to replace Him”

    Warmest regards

  2. If you haven’t already, you really ought to read “The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire”. The divisions you are pointing out are nothing compared to the first century. At least we haven’t resorted to swords and stones.

    Anyway, holding to a particular theology is not the same thing as saying that “God is on my side”, nor is it the same as putting God in a box. That would almost appear to be your box. Can A be both A and not A at the same time? Can two people who disagree on theology both be correct? Logic, it would seem to me, would demand that no more than one, if any, could be correct. Logic, which is God’s, dictates confines to our understanding.

  3. It took Christianity hundreds of years to accept science’s view that it was wrong and the earth was not the centre of the solar system. I hope it takes less long for science to be able to prove that man is not the centre of his Universe, but God is, and that God actually WAS before man and not the other way around… but i’m not holding my breath.

  4. Wow! This really blessed me and made me reflect on a lot of things. My relationship with God is always under construction and your lesson has added another brick to the foundation.

  5. “Am I for God?” Amen. Reminds me of a time I was preaching out of Ephesians chapter one. That’s pretty cosmic stuff. Afterwards, one of the guys in the church asked how relevant Ephesians one is to our daily lives. I didn’t have an answer then but when I thought about it later, I concluded that we need to be more concerned about whether we are making ourselves relevant to God & His purposes. Truly, there is no relevance outside of Him!

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