God’s not in your box
If you’re anything like me, even as we get older, you’re still trying to “figure out” life, “figure out” yourself, and as Christians in that same way we’re constantly trying to “figure out” more about the God we serve. It’s great to seek to know more about God, but there’s a fine line between seeking knowledge about God and limiting God to something we understand. I think anytime we start to put God in a box, we are swimming in dangerous waters. We must constantly stave off serving a “god” that we’ve formed in our minds. God is not defined by us. God defines us. God is who He tells us He is nothing less. He’s the same no matter what we think or feel. He’s the same at the beginning and the end. God exists outside of the human perception of time. God exists whether we believe or not. He will ultimately be exalted & glorified, by us or despite us, but we’ve been given the opportunity to participate. We exist because God breathed us into existence. We continue to breathe because He allows it. God is not a spectator but instead He is intimately involved w/ His creation. God already paved the way for our salvation & that of all those who came before us, but accepting it and following him is up to us. I don’t understand the balance of free will vs. predestination & I don’t think we’re meant to, like God Himself, His plans don’t always make sense to us. Full knowledge of God is not attainable, He is deeper & wider & greater than our perception or even our imagination. As for ourselves we don’t define ourselves either. Our past does not define us. Our pain doesn’t define us. Other’s don’t define us. Only God does that. Don’t get me wrong circumstances and pain shapes us, it’s part of our story, a part of our story that isn’t to be ignored, but as My pastor stated in his sermon on sunday, there must be a reality higher than our feelings, higher than our circumstances and that reality is that we are redeemed, we are God’s, we are loved. We are broken & fallen in ourselves, but whole in Christ. We are righteous in Christ, we are strong in Christ, we are worthwhile, we are God-breathed, we are useful, we are wanted.