Admit it or not, every Christian creates a personal God Box, a place where we pack our Christian mindset. Why? Because we have great need for an ordered life, even when the ordering is entirely incorrect. It’s human nature. It is the way we are made. Yet strangely, the very effort to box God into a narrow concept turns out to be the very opposite of faith. For we know that faith is the substance of things unseen.
Still, we seek to bundle the Creator into a manageable package. We all have a little internal memory compartment wherein we store our personal definition of the Almighty. The contents within the God Box reflect a collection of:
- All out lies
- And truths that mingle together.
Our God Box is merely a reflection of the Christian growth process, and the associated boundaries of our faith in the Father.
Packing God Into A Christian Mindset
God boxes usually start small, and then expand in relation to our studies, hopes, trials, victories, and faith or lack thereof. It reflects the human effort to merge God into a managable Christian mindset. Yet the very effort tends to generate a measure of choas. Here is a sample God box:
- Torn Paper Bag: Our first God holder, waded up and moved to the next container.
- Tattered Matchbox: Contains our early God views, also packed into the current vessel.
- Theology: Various papers wrapped in a jumbled twine ball.
- Card Deck, Jokers Only: Names of the people we have decided cannot get it right.
- Clouded Metal Mirror: Helps establish our personal righteousness.
- Stained Glass: Holds back God’s brightness.
- Jar of Nuts and Bolts: Accumulated personal life experiences.
- Odd Sized Stones: For correcting nearby “sinners.”
- A Small Fold of Papers: Collection of answered prayers, sized according to our active participation.
- Book of Truth: Scripture, sometimes used, sometimes not.
Boxing God Into The Limitations of Human Understanding
We cannot escape having a God box. Carrying around the old flesh limits our view of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Learning to live free is the most difficult process that a Christian will face. But we do have a command and a promise that assures a good and expected end. Whereas our thoughts cannot fully comprehend God, of a certainty His thoughts fully comprehend what is best for all mankind.
I wish that all Christians could cast aside the concept of a God Box. Yet such power tends to elude the flesh. Heaven is near yet ever so distant. In the mean time, let the following verse hold high ranking withing your God Box theogy:
“But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart, and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” (Deuteronomy 4:29-31)