Boxed In

A year and a half into our marriage, my husband Billy and I went through very difficult financial circumstances. The down-turning economy greatly affected our business…we were losing our house….we had to sell my car…and I was 7 months pregnant with my first child.

Certainly not what I had planned or envisioned to be a part of what should be considered such a joyful time with my first pregnancy!

As Billy and I looked at all our options and turned in every direction to find a way to save our home…we couldn’t see a way out. I prayed and pleaded…petitioned and desperately cried out… to God to help us in our financial stress.

I felt boxed in…trapped…with no hope in our circumstances.

What are we going to do? Where are we going to go?

Have you ever felt this way? Boxed in…trapped…with no way out…with no hope in your circumstances?

“Boxed in” can be defined as “enclosed in or as if in a box; trapped.”

I felt boxed in…but the problem was that I boxed God in with me…and I just couldn’t see past the walls of my enclosed box…my enclosed circumstance.

It became so clear one morning…after I had prayed and prayed and prayed….when God reminded me that…

Even though I felt boxed in…He was not.

Even though I boxed God in with me…He was not in my box.

Even though I was limited by the six walls of my box…He was not limited…by ANYTHING!!

Even though I was feeling “There is no way!”…He was saying “I am the way!”

God took me that day from desperation to hope.

Hope in a God who loves and cares for me so much…more than I will ever know or understand. Hope in a God who is omniscient…omnipresent…omnipotent!

And check this out! …The prefix omni means “all; without limits”.

Omniscient…All-knowing

Omnipresent…Present in all places at all times

Omnipotent…All-powerful

A God who is…

Without limits in His knowledge…Without limits in His presence…Without limits in His power. Truly Amazing!!!

Omniscient

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. 5 You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Psalm 139:1-6 NIV

Omnipresent

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. Ps 139:7-12 NIV

Omnipotent

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Ephesians 3:20-21 KJ

God knows what needs to be done…Omniscience!

He has the power to do it…Omnipotence!

He is always wherever He needs to be to do whatever needs to be done…Omnipresence!

God pulled me out of my box that day and gave me hope.

18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Hebrews 6:18-19NLT

We did lose our house…we did sell my car…and we struggled financially for the coming years after.

God didn’t work things out the way I may have wanted him to…but as I look back I can see, feel, and know his love and concern for me and my family every step of the way…every step from then to right now at this moment.

He will continue to be your hope in and through every circumstance in your life. Do not underestimate His “omni” nature…His unlimited nature…in His knowledge, presence, and power!

He is your all-knowing…all-present…all-powerful God!! Praise Him today for this hope that cannot be taken away…especially when you feel “boxed in.”

Yes…we lost our house…we sold my car…and we had a beautiful healthy baby boy 2 months later…

Yes… God knows what needs to be done… He has the power to do it… and He is always wherever He needs to be to do whatever needs to be done!

Reflection Points:

  1. Have you ever felt boxed in…trapped…with no way out…with no hope in your circumstances? Do you currently feel this way?
  2. Have you placed God in your box…like I did?
  3. Do you know the “omni” nature of God? His omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence?
  4. Do you believe that God is all-knowing…all-present…all-powerful?

Action Points:

  1. Realize that God is not limited by your circumstances. He doesn’t operate in the natural…He is supernatural!
  2. Meditate on the “omni” nature of God. Read and study bible verses that demonstrate these attributes.
  3. Place your hope in a God who loves and cares for you so much! Trust in His plans…even when you may not understand them. (Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28)

 

 

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