JUST A THOUGHT

The Covington News - - RELIGION LOCAL - Dr. Wil­liam Burn­ham is pas­tor of Point of Grace Church in Cov­ing­ton. He can be reached at burn­hamw@char­ter.net.

Open the box. No, re­ally, open the box. You’re prob­a­bly say­ing, “What box?” To which I would re­spond the box we all have. You know, the one we keep God in. Ah, now you get it, don’t you? We all have a God box. The box is our image of God, His size and abil­ity. Some peo­ple’s box is big­ger than oth­ers, but we all have one. Some are lim­ited in size and we call them “the will­ing box” or “the God can’t use me box,” some have a “God can’t do that” size box while oth­ers have a “Well, God will only do so much box.” You get the idea, right? When was the last time God blew the lid right off your box? He is good at that. He blew the lid off the leper’s box when He drew near (some­thing you never do when it comes to lep­ers) and then was will­ing and did heal him. (Wow, that guy had to go get a whole new box – his God didn’t fit in his box any more). God blew the lid right off some faith­ful friends (and a lot of other peo­ple’s who were there) box when He healed a par­a­lytic man. They all had to go out and get new boxes. And “KA­BOOM” went the box of the scribes and Pharisees – there wasn’t any­thing left of their God boxes but smoke when Je­sus got done with them. What’s the point? Sim­ple…God doesn’t do boxes. But in order for us to fig­ure that out – we have to open our box and re­al­ize, there is no area God can’t touch, there is no limit to God’s abil­ity and there is no room for us to in­sist God stay in our box! “Every­one was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, ‘We have seen re­mark­able things to­day.’” (Luke 5:26) Open the box, and soon you’ll be say­ing the same thing!

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