These packages can be pretty little gift boxes all wrapped neat and tidy with a big red bow. We wouldn’t dare mess it up and rethink it with any other ideas about God. After all, we learned some of these beautiful ideas about God in church. Other times our box exists as a sloppy unkept package with rips and tears formed from our personal hurts and disappointments. It is too painful to unwrap so we push God and the box aside.
There is no need for a package of pain to remind us of our failures in life. We put God front and center in the box of blame. The process of unknowingly characterizing God by our own limited understanding and reasoning has begun.
God can be viewed as a distant God who wasn’t there to help us. He abandoned us when horrible things in life came knocking at our door. Sometimes we even go as far as to learn about God solely by what others teach us. We go to church and listen to others never once looking for ourselves what is the truth about God. There is no desire to seek out God for ourselves. The thought never occurs to us to look in the Bible. We don’t personally know who He really is and what His story can mean for our own lives. At times that isn’t even an option because we may have convinced ourselves that the Bible isn’t even true.
Too many disappointments with people who claim the Bible is true causes us to to avoid the out dated book. Reasoning tells you it doesn’t seem possible that any book could survive any real divine inspiration. After all it was written by lots of imperfect people thousands of years ago. It becomes the experiences in our life that determine what we believe about God and the Book He wrote though the hands of many.
That becomes our box we put God in and we shut out any other views of who or what He is to man. It is packaged up and signed by our life experiences and delivered. We deliver to it other people as our truth. It has become our experience so therefore it must be truth. Or it is left alone high on a shelf of disbelief and disappointments.
I could try and convince you otherwise, but then wouldn’t that be me delivering you my package of truth? So then I wonder how do people discover what is true about God? How do they rely on a Book that comes along with Him as an instruction guide? There are so many religions and beliefs about God. I have met many amazing people who fall into lots of categories of various thoughts and beliefs.
Here’s my thinking. I want to keep it simple.
Boxes represent our life’s experiences or what others have told us about God.
The Book or Bible represents what truth we know about God.
The essential key:
It takes faith to believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
What if we take a step of faith to unlock the truth.
1) Read the Book
2) Believe the Book
3) Talk to the Author by
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
A Truth Challenge
OPEN up your box of beliefs and turn it into a box of believing that God is who He says He is and does what He says He will do. Allow for the possibility that He is a good good Father who created you and has amazing plans designed just for you. Seek Him out solely with the intent to find the truth by reading His instruction manual for instructions. Ask Him. Seek Him. The truth you discover from Him and His Word will set you free from your limited box of beliefs.
Pack one item only in your box of beliefs.
Use your key of Faith to open it up and discover a boxless God.
Look in the book,