I’ve often heard the phrase “Don’t put God in a box”. And recently I’ve been mulling that idea over and asking questions. Can I really put God in a box? Is that even possible? I understand the intent of the phrase: Don’t limit God. But is it actually possible to limit the limitless God?
As I’ve turned these thoughts over in my mind, I’ve developed a myriad of opinions. (yes, I’m known to have multiple opinions on the same subject) But this is the thought that is most prominent: by trying to put God in a box, I am really putting myself in the box. By trying to limit God, I am only limiting myself.
My attempts to put God in a box are based on my need for comfort, security and stability. In other words – I’m afraid. I fear stepping out into the unknown. I fear rejection. I fear uncertainty. I fear disappointment. I fear failure. I fear lack.
I feel the need to protect myself, so I create a safety zone. I set up boundaries that allow me to operate in what I am comfortable in. And within these boundaries I know how to live comfortably. I know what I am able to do. I know what I am able to handle. I know what works for me. I know what I can be successful in. And those are the things I stick with. I think I’ve made a pretty nice box.
As a result, I try to make God operate within the confines of my safety zone in hopes of staying comfortable. I set limits and declare that I will not go past that point because otherwise I may get uncomfortable. I don’t want to get out of my established boundaries because I may be hurt. Or embarrassed.
And as hard as I’ve tried, I just can’t get God to come into my box. I’ve explained my fears. I’ve conveyed my need for comfort, security and stability. I’ve told Him how I would like to keep everything status quo. But He refuses to climb in with me.
It’s not as though He isn’t listening, doesn’t care or doesn’t understand me. He totally gets me. And I think that’s why He is working to get me out of the box. He refuses to work within my boundaries because He wants to stretch me.
I think He purposely asks me to go places I haven’t been before in order to create dependence upon Him. I think He wants me to do things I have not done before so that I will lean on Him more. I think He leads me to things I am unequipped and untrained for so that I will have to draw totally from Him.
In other words – He’s stretching me in order to increase my capacity. He’s stretching me in order to make more room in my life for Him. When I step out of my box and walk with Him, I experience more of Him. I encounter Him in ways I never would have otherwise. I see aspects of Him that I would have missed had I stayed in the box.
My box limits my experience with God. My box limits my growth. My box limits my supernatural encounters. My box limits me.
I confess, it’s really uncomfortable. As I exit my box, fear is there to remind me of my inadequacies. My insecurities rise to the surface and threaten emotional chaos. But this is when I see Jesus, as He calms my fears and gently reassures me that I can do all things through Him because He is my strength. (Philippians 4:13) As He holds my hand and leads me into the great unknown, He whispers Don’t be afraid, for I AM with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I AM your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
And as I trust in His promises, I experience His peace and I see things happen in and through me that I know could never have come from me.
I’m starting to feel cramped. So as comfy as my box is – I’m climbing out.
Beautifully written……rings true for me when I look to myself instead of God
Thanks! And thanks for sharing your thought!!
Everything you write conveys new insight for me and hits my heart and soul HARD. Thank you for listening to God, and pouring your heart out.
Thank you. I’m glad God spoke to your heart!
I agree. It’s not comfortable in the box or out of the box. Thanks for helping to put my last month at work into perspective. What a journey life is! I love you Miss Kim.
Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation!
This is your best blog so far. Very astute, insightful, and cogent. You vividly portrayed the problem we have with God. We are the ones in the box. As Peter in the boat, Jesus says to us “come”. Most (like the rest of the 12) will stay in the boat (the box). Only those who wish to experience what it is like to do the impossible as well as the supernatural will respond to His request. I am getting out of the box! Love you Kim.
Thank you David. Great connection to Peter and the boat. Thanks for sharing!
I have been in my box for many years, I only came out in order to move into a bigger box. I have always enjoyed the thought of my safety within the confines of said box. I have even gone so far as to remove one wall for a brief moment. I however, have learned the hard way that the box is not safe. coming out and walking where God wants me although scary, is freedom. Thank you for putting it in words that helps to enlighten me.
Thanks for sharing Leona. You’re right – it’s worth the scary to have the freedom.
Very,very good Kim! I think a lot of us think of God as a man.A big man,but still a man. So we are limiting what He can really do for us. I can get out of my box,but staying out can be a problem! I have done things in my life that people ask how Do I do that? My answer is “trusting God!”
This yr. for the past 3 months I have been sicker than I have ever been in my life. Even though I know God did not make me sick, I know He allowed it so I would know without a doubt I would only get well if I trusted Him and only Him.
I love getting out of my box and having people shake their heads,and wonder what I am up to now!
I can do all things threw Christ who strengthens me!
I really admire you Kim. God is using you in great ways.
Thanks Judy! And thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree with you – I often say that we try to pull God into our “human box” and ascribe to Him human characteristics. That makes it so difficult for us to trust Him and actually see His magnificent character. I often have to remind myself that my perspective is leaning towards the natural – instead of the supernatural!
I pray that you are well soon!
This is good and as I was reading I was thinking of Sunday when we were talking about believing in Jesus to believing Jesus help me Jesus get out of my box ❤❤❤
Isn’t that a powerful transition?! And it goes a long way in helping us disassemble the box!