First, I know it has been a VERY long time since I’ve blogged, but that is going to change. I am not saying it will be every day, but it will be more regular. With that out of the way, I want to share a repeating thought/theme that has been part of the last couple messages to the youth at Christ Fellowship (www.christfellowshiponline.org). It has to do with how we tend to put God in a nice neat box that we can pull down from the shelf and open up when we have time.
This thought occurred to me when I began reading Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love. In the first couple pages of the book, Francis Chan encourages his readers to watch the “Awe Factor” video that can be found on his web site, http://www.crazylovebook.com. If you have not seen it, I encourage you to watch it now. If you have seen it, watch it again! It will give good context for the rest of this blog entry.
After seeing that video for the first time, I was speechless. I’ve always known God is big. In some ways, our own galaxy is a concept that is difficult for me to wrap my brain around. Trying to expand that to 350,000,000,000 (yes, 350 trillion) galaxies is beyond my ability to begin to fathom. It makes me think, I really have no way to understand all of who God is. The things I can know of Him for sure are found in His Word and through a personal, intimate relationship. In the end, I have to fall back on this scripture:
Isaiah 55:9 (NKJV)
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Wow! That video really sheds new light on that scripture! Here is a God who spoke “Let there be light,” and that is what happens. To me, if He had just created the Milkyway with those words, I would have been just as impressed. But God is so much more than that. His ways are higher than my ways (yeah!), and His thought higher than mine (infinitely).
So here I am, trying to lead a Christian life, worshiping, giving, sacrificing, using my gifts for His kingdom. And all that time, I have God in a nice neat box that fits on it’s assigned place in the shelves of my life. What would happen if I took that box off the shelf, let God out (as if my God box could really contain Him – LOL), threw away the box, and allowed Him to be the God he really is, in ALL areas of my life?
Here it is… I’ve taken down my God box, dismantled it, and threw it away. I am challenged to let God be the Holy, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Eternal, Just, Righteous, Loving God that spoke all of creation into being and because he is big enough to be all those things, and because His ways and thoughts are higher than mine, He is also close enough to know every hair on my head. He is close enough that He wants to have an intimate relationship with me, so much so, that He sent His Son to die on a cross to cover my sins so that I have a way to draw close to Him . Then, He defeated death so that I can spend eternity beginning to understand some of who God is.
God is out of the box and I am hanging on for the ride!!