You've probably heard the expression before, 'Don't put God in a box.' Typically this phrase is used when addressing someone who is trying to give God an absolute description. Meaning that someone is trying to say essentially, "God is this, that, and this." The reality is we cannot grasp God. Many of us will spend the rest of our lives learning about who God is without ever grasping who He is and what He can do totally.
You may be thinking, 'I never do that'. And you may be right. However, that isn't the only way to put God in a box. In fact, there is one way that many Christians today are putting God in a box without even realizing it. I'm guilty of it and you're probably guilty of it to.
So, want to know the fastest way to put God in a box?
Refuse to pray and believe that God can do the impossible.
Its that simple. Refuse to pray and believe that God is able to do a miracle.
Sadly, there are many Christians who are in a situation that seems impossible without a miracle so they slip into a life of despair. Why? Because they put God in a box. They refuse to believe that God can (and will, if prayed according to His will and purpose) perform a miracle today in their circumstance faster than they can read this post. Friends, our God is able to do "Immeasurably more than we can ask or think" (Eph. 3:20-21). However, when we refuse to pray for miracles and refuse to have the faith that they can actually happen, they don't (see James 4:3).
Have you been putting God in a box recently? I challenge you to right now, pray for God to do the impossible in whatever circumstance you find yourself in and believe that He can not only do it, but can do so much more.
I am a Husband to Clarissa, Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church, reader of many books, and tweeter at @brad_merchant.