So it was until the days of David, who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for him. Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool…”
Acts 7: 45-49 (ESV)
Just as David, Solomon, Peter, and many believers today unwittingly succumb, I too occasionally deteriorate into a bizarre make-believe relationship with God. It seems I shrink Him to Lilliputian status and then try to stuff him into my pea-sized brain. Let’s be real, God’s omnipotent stature cannot be rationally conceived of let alone realistically shrunken for our convenience. Size and stature are meaningless when contemplating God and his Kingdom.
Whenever I ineptly slip into that state of audacious disrespect, I then proceed to arrogantly provide all manner of grandiose advice to our Lord and Savior concerning my life’s irreplaceable value, righteous purpose, and direction. This is the point at which truth, humility, and rationality must reestablish control over my self-absorbed thought life.
When, after inevitably being righteously humbled and having crawled out from beneath that absurd pretense that characterizes the mental state of Gulliverism, I’m able to return to my senses with my lines of communication with God put back in proper perspective once again. This repeating process of incremental maturation by means of corrective perception enables us to better discern and surrender life’s multitude of challenges over to God for his resolution. Our faith then, bolstered through the benefits of humility and a deepening trust in God instead of ourselves, will aptly enable us to wave the “white flag” before the Lord more expediently over time.
God in all his majesty will never be squeezed into our pea-brains with our “fish-bowl” mentality, but by exercising our faith from a position of humility, we fit very comfortably into God’s wondrously bountiful heart. Remember, it is through our humility, as we acknowledge our dependence on God, that we develop resolute faith and thus alleviate the debilitating effects of Gulliverism. The one glorious exception is this, if you invite Christ Jesus into your heart, he’ll gladly send the Holy Spirit to reside comfortably in the space you provide, for our heart-of-hearts has a limitless capacity for love, truth, and wisdom, quite unlike our pea-brains.
My Dear Heavenly Father, render us humble and pliable while cradled in your immense but gentle hands. We may not fully comprehend the enormity of all that you embrace but grant us full access to all that you are. Amen.
A F Fischer