As humans, it is our tendency to try to define God’s full will or the scope of his power… But along my spiritual path, I’m becoming more and more reluctant to do this.
I believe that we miss opportunities to perceive God’s powerful activity in the world because we’ve allowed our past experiences of him to define the extent of his capabilities. For instance, in generations past, people have had experiences with God’s spirit, his love, or his presence– and have pronounced without reservation that their experience must be the only valid experience of God that can exist. God’s work at Pentecost has convinced some of us that the Spirit is most legitimately manifested in one style of worship. God’s work during the Reformation has convinced some of us that the Bible is to be used and interpreted one way for all of eternity.
We’ve created a box for God, but if he truly is the omnipotent, sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, then we can’t confine him to one experience in history. We can’t claim to capture the full movement of his spirit– we can’t claim to know the full mystery. I think it’s time to take God out of the box and let him be sovereign… I think it’s time to stop confining God with our narrow definitions.
After all, he’s probably tired of living in our little box.