The greatest religious error of history is that man, from the very beginning, has attempted to either bring God down to his level or raise himself up to God’s which, of course, is what Adam and Eve did in the garden. But then nothing really has changed, the religious establishment of Christ’s day on earth and even today has perfected the very same error. Each group or denomination claims to fully understand God and thereby establish doctrine, rules and guidelines to live by; the net result being that the individual has no need for God Himself but simply has to rely on the leadership or organization they have chosen to be a member of. How sad!

Fifty years ago A. W. Tozer said, “Christians are infamous for trying to put God in a box. The god who fits in a box is not the god and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The God who fits in the box is the god who can be controlled by man and who is at the beck and call of man. But this is not the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible is an awesome and mighty force in this universe—the God who created the heavens and the earth and everything that is–and He cannot be put in a little box created by man. When we insist on allowing God to be Himself, there comes within our inner being an explosion of reality regarding the person of Jesus Christ. Our understanding of Him goes beyond academics and into that marvelous world of personal intimacy. Perhaps the ultimate truth here is that when we allow God to be Himself, we then–and only then–discover who and what we are as men and women.”

The true God is mighty beyond mans comprehension and His ways are far above ours. Let us never individually entertain the thought that we have Him figured out and by that attempt to limit His options and contain Him in a box. To do so is to fall into the age old trap of the Pharisaical religious establishment.

My Lord, how full of sweet content;
I pass my years of banishment!
Where’er I dwell, I dwell with Thee,
In heaven, in earth, or on the sea.

To me remains nor place not time;
My country is in every clime;
I can be calm and free from care
On any shore, since God is there.

While place we seek, or place we shun
The soul finds happiness in none;
But with a god to guide our way,
Tis equal joy, to go or stay.

Could I be cast where Thou are not,
That were indeed a dreadful lot;
But regions none remote I call,
Secure of finding God in all. Madame Guyon (1647-1717)

Posted on April 21st