Boxes comes in all shape and sizes. A diamond ring may come in the smallest one while things like appliances come in a big box, but you can never put God in a box.
God is not an object.
When you open a box, do you find a person inside of it? Maybe if it is surprise for someone, but most often, no. You might find a big screen TV where you can decide where to hang it, but you can't decide where to put God. God is everywhere. He is omnipresent. The scripture says that God is with us or that he is by our side, but it doesn't say you can put him in a box. Some people pack up boxes like they are planning to store something. So if you put a God in a box, you are saving him for another day, and my friend, you need Him at all times! I am reminded of a story where Jesus came to a person house as a guest. He told Jesus the only room could have and this was liken to someone saying, he can have my heart, and that is it. When a thief came and robbed him, the person wondered why Jesus didn't save him, and Jesus replied it was because he only let have one room. He didn't invite him to the rest of his house. When we put God in a box, how can he help us when he is not allowed in all of our lives?
God is not a man.
Some people make a mistake that we can treat him as we treat man. We look at him from a human perspective. We see a six footer or even a seven footer, but is so much bigger than even Goliath. He is bigger than our problems and our giants yet people puts him in a box. God is spirit. Genesis starts out saying, "In the beginning, God..." The word God is Hebrew for Elohiym which means that more than one divine being was present at creation. The trinity is made up of three: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. How many Gods do you see there? Surely not one or the word would not be Elohiym. When Jesus told the Pharisees that Abraham saw him, they were in disbelief because they viewed him as man and not as God. Jesus was there in the beginning just as the Holy Spirit was. Before Jesus came to earth, he was not yet of flesh and blood as we are. Only when he came as a baby was he born of man and of spirit.
God is bigger than a box.
No man has ever seen God because God is spirit yet some people put him in a box. How can you do that? You can't. What it means is that people limits God. They think that only some thing are possible for God to do so for those he can't, they keep him in a box. Jesus said that All things are possible. There is nothing God can't do and we need to remember that.
When people saw that God didn't meet their deadline, they put God in a box, but God still has big plans for America and on his own timeline. A song I like goes like this: "God will move and who will hinder.." We need to be amazed. If God is the sender of the rain, than He is the sender of snow and wind. Has your weather been unusual? That is God cleansing out your land of the wickedness that was sown. We serve an awesome God.
"Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." Psalms 62:8 (NKJV)
Facebook doesn't need you to unload on it's platform. Yes, it ask what is on your mind, but if you tell your woes, your friends might not like it, or worst yet they become like Job's friends: they will give you all kinds of advice without knowing what is really going on. His friends were known as "Job's comforters" yet even Job complained they were worthless physicians. They assumed Job had sinned and that was why he was in bad shape.
On Facebook, your friends may try to understand, and may even succeed. You may even have that one friend who can even help you feel better, but what if you don't? Worst yet, if you dare pour out your heart or confide in them they may tell you to keep that information to yourself: you can't trust Facebook, even social media because in these days, social media is not for us. You may even have people on your friend list who really aren't your friends. So what do you do?
David wrote that we should pour our hearts to God. God knows what you will go through and He has gone through it with you that nothing surprises him. Psalms 139 states that He knows our next day even before we know it. Isn't it comforting to know that God won't get annoyed with us or "unfriend" us if we doesn't like our woes? And far as friends go, how do we know we can trust our friends? People may tire of hearing about our bad days, but God doesn't. That's why God is a safe refuge, and if you ask for help (or wisdom), God will give it...as long as you don't doubt. He is a ever present help in times of trouble. Psalms 46 states that when mountains crumble or the earth shake, God is still there, ready to help.
We can trust God to keep our secrets unlike social media which is owned by the deep state. Facebook keeps tabs on our post. One post about anything that contradicts their beliefs, and they will either stick a disclaimer or whatever you want to call it or have you in Facebook jail. They love to impose what they believe on you and keep it in your newsfeed. God won't impose anything on you because he gave you free choice. You can choose to believe what His word says or you can choose not to, but He won't tell you what to believe. He won't punish you or push you away if you refuse to believe His word. God is patient and He knows whether you will come back to Him or not. I am so glad I can come to God and tell him what my friends may not understand because He does.
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Something didn't happen to me yesterday that reminded me of a story of the unforgiving debtor. Jesus illustrated that if we don't forgive others of their sins, God won't forgive us of our sins and we needed to reminded of this. In this parable, there was a debtor who owed a lot of money. When he was called to account the debtor asked for mercy and he got it. The master could have fired and not given him another chance, but he didn't. However the servant didn't show the same mercy his master extended to him when someone owed him money. God is like that merciful master. He doesn't hold our sins against us because He sent his son on the cross to take our sins from us. We just need to confess or agree with that we have sinned. The tax collector prayed, "God, have mercy me! I'm a sinner." He went away exalted. (Luke 18:14) When we confess, he cleanses us of our unrighteousness.
In Jesus' days, much of the religious leaders were like the unforgiving the debtor. The tac collector was compared to the Pharisee who didn't think he needed forgiveness. We should all be like the tax collector for Paul wrote that we all have sinned and fell short of the glory of God. I know I'm not perfect and when I make a mistake or realized I have sinned, I confess it.
Scripture says that we are to follow God's example. Just as children model their parents, we should model God. Think of it this way: If you want people have mercy on you, shouldn't you show mercy to others? Isn't that what "Do onto others as you want done onto you." means? Paul also wrote that whatever we sow, we reap.
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