God and The Box: Taking Risks

God and the Box: Taking Risks

I’ve always considered myself someone unafraid to take risks. Like Peter. Walk on water with Jesus? Bring it. But today a friend caught me in more of a Moses moment. She confronted me with the fact I was putting God in a box, placing limits on the Almighty.

And I know better.

I’ve seen Him bust my box before.

Time constraints? No problem.

Indecision? Clarity.

My plan? Detour. God’s way goes here.

In Exodus 3 and 4, Moses is having a box moment, several in fact. Catch the dialogue:

“Moses said to the LORD, ‘O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’

The LORD said to him, ‘Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I the LORD? Now go, I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’” (Exodus 4:10-12)

No boxes, because none could contain Him. Put God in a box? Seriously? Who would go there?

Moses. And me.

You see my dream—my deep dream—involves something way out of my comfort zone. Risks I haven’t been quite ready to take. So I conveniently constructed a timetable that put this particular dream in the far, far away category. My friend challenged me to move it up to now, if God so leads.

Gulp.

When God calls us to risks, He’s asking us to risk on Him. That changes the picture, doesn’t it? But it means letting God have free rein. Out of the box. And if we let God out of the box, we have to go too.

Let’s step out of the box this week and help others climb out too. Take a risk on Him.

Questions:

In what ways have you put God in a box?

Are you modeling this for others?

Has this been modeled for you?

When has God blasted out of the box?

If you let God out of the box, you have to go too. What will you do today to get out?

What have you talked about doing for years—but haven’t?

Or your spouse?

How about our kids? Are we unconsciously setting a far, far away timetable for them too just because they’re young?

Tweetables:

I was putting God in a box, placing limits on the Almighty. And I know better. He’s busted my box before. Click to tweet.

When God calls us to risks, He’s asking us to risk on Him. Click to tweet.

And if we let God out of the box, we have to move too. Click to tweet.

 

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