God in a Box?

God in a Box?

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries1 Minutes

These early disciples thought they had everything figured out and understood God’s plans. Then they heard that Peter had eaten unclean food with Gentiles. In fact, they “took issue” with him. The Greek word here suggests that they opposed and separated themselves from him.

They felt the rules were clear and could not understand why he had even spoken to Gentiles. How could Peter have declared “the word of God” to them?

All Peter could do was tell them that he heard God clearly telling him, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy” (v. 9). Forced to re-think his traditions, he asked himself how he could “stand in God’s way” (v. 17).

Peter felt compelled to cooperate with God. The other disciples agreed that they, too, needed to put aside their prejudices and be open to this new understanding.

Is it possible for us to be like those first-century apostles, convinced that we know everything? Have we put God in a box, placing our own limits on what we think He can do? Are we creating our own narrow interpretations of His Word? Are we standing in His way?

Today, make sure that you have not put God in a box. Seek to stay open to the leading of the Spirit. As He leads, let Him challenge your stereotypes and preconceived ideas. Open your heart. Listen. Be ready to change as He directs.