I have begun packing for a move. It is an unanticipated move but I am always excited for new things. Similarly I am one of those weird people who enjoys organizing things and packing. As I was putting plates and bowls in a box I was reminded how much I hate boxes. For one, we like to put God in a box of our own making.
When I was younger I kept God in a box and whenever I thought I needed him or wanted him to do something I would open the box I built for him and ask him for my favor. I guess I kind of viewed him more like a genie in a bottle then my sovereign Lord. As I grew older I found out that by keeping him in a box of my own making I was missing out on experiencing more of him and his kingdom on this earth.
I then struggled with other people putting me in a box. Oh how I HATE being put in a box. For one I never fit. It’s like cramming an odd shaped object into a man made perfect cube. The two just do not work.
For God is all powerful. He does not fit in a box of our own making. Similarly as a child of God I am not made to put in a box either. God is most glorified when I am out in the open. That being said our fallen world often puts us in a box. So what does it take to bring someone out of a box? Well God is all powerful but he likes to use others to do his work. He wants us to pull people out of their boxes so that they can shine for Jesus. It is important to do this with patience, gentleness and consent, for God is not about force or manipulation.
So to those who find themselves in a box, I pray you will keep fighting to be free and that God would send you a helper to break down what is binding you. For those who are already free of their box, may you ask God to show you someone who needs help breaking out of the box. Amen.
“Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:4-10