I am uncomfortable outside of my box. I know my own box is probably different than anyone else’s and it certainly isn’t infallible, but it is the the world that I have chosen to live in. For me, it is easily defined by lines that I have drawn in my own mind that are a result of conclusions I have come to over time.
Some of the lines God has clearly drawn for me in Scripture. Other lines have been formed as I have applied biblical principles. And still other lines I have drawn are out of personal preference.
I don’t like getting pushed out of my box—but there are some things that just have a tendency to do that.
- The continuing study of God’s Word.
- Answering honest questions by my students.
- Reapplying timeless truth to changing times.
People ask “what’s it going to look like?” In other words “show me the box.” I don’t think any of us can tell what the box is going to look like unless we conclude that we are not going to change anything.
What we can do when we are faced with challenging questions and changing times is commit ourselves to:
- Live to God’s glory.
- Be humble and teachable.
- Follow God’s Word and respond to His Spirit in everything.
- Live by faith and not fear—no matter what the cost.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding, in all you ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5, 6