Outside the Box 2

I do not claim to fully understand evil, or Satan’s motivation for being the thief come “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” people’s lives of John 10:10.

We do have some analogous parallels to the stereotypical person who considers themselves to be a failure…and proceeds in the most negative fashion to verbally cut-down everyone around them…in an effort to bring other people down to their level.

Maybe Satan’s insatiable ambition to be God rather than to be satisfied with his originally created status as a “covering cherub”…is an incurable and unfixable character trait…when driven to the extreme by the arrogant blindness of pride…that he wants to impart to the entire human race…out of the same destructive malice we observe in the critically negative person who can find fault in everything and everyone around them…except themselves.

Satan’s malice toward the human race may simply be his way of sticking a thumb in God’s eye…by taking as many people as he can down into perdition with him.  This is the direct opposite of the absolute goodness and brilliant pure light of God…motivated by unselfish and self-sacrificing love…positive and inspiring people to come upward in character…found at the top of the vertical continuum scale of goodness and light.

This is why it is important to recognize a God-composed journey of faith life-script as patterned for us in the Bible…that when people begin their journey of faith race at the starting-line in a defeated, disadvantaged, worldly broken, upside-down position in terms of worldly conventional success…this highlights and accentuates the huge contrast that occurs when God enters the picture and inserts His divinely-composed life-script…brilliantly pulling people upward out of soap-opera style conventional chaos around them…Joseph, Moses, Gideon, Samuel, David, Ruth, Hannah, Esther, Daniel, Peter, Paul…into storylines that have divinely crafted purpose and meaning beyond humanistic literary invention.

Our God-composed adventure of faith life-scripts begin at the place of difficulty because we emerge out of the worldly conventional normalcy and thinking of a broken world…a place intended to keep us living in defeat and falling short of our created destiny.  This is the tragic result of sin.  Sin creates an environment of difficulty at the start of our journey of faith following God…that we sometimes have to work through over a lifetime.

The leveling limitations of worldly conventional normalcy would keep Abraham stuck in Haran, Joseph in disfavor in Canaan, Moses tending sheep in Midian, David as a lowly shepherd, Ruth languishing in Moab, Esther unnoticed and unselected to become the new queen in Shushan the palace, Elijah on the run from King Ahab, Jonah in the fish’s belly, Jeremiah tongue-tied in fear, Daniel torn-apart by lions, Jesus thrown off a cliff by the townspeople of Nazareth, Peter and John carrying on their lives as common fishermen, and Saul/Paul minding his own business as an up-and-coming Hebrew scholar in Jerusalem.

Out of the box in biblical Christianity means coming out of the starting-gate of the horse race from a position of being damaged, broken, defeated, and disadvantaged people in some way or another…because we live in a broken world where Satan would like nothing better than to destroy us in the darkness of negativity, low self-worth, and the deception of outward appearances that seem to be giants of reality beyond repair.

The promises of John 8:36 that Jesus will set us free…and John 16:13 that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth…are based upon a relationship with God that by definition restores us to the God-composed journey of faith life-script that is above and beyond negativity and defeat…because it is built upon an object and a foundation that is worthy of sustaining our faith and trust for eternity…the Person of God.

The place of victory in Jesus is not the supposed safe zone of complacency and security in the realm of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…this is the realm of the mediocre life in “Egypt” of the Israelites…as a slave to worldly convention…of worldly defeat and unfulfilled destiny…that God is delivering us from in taking us into a divinely composed journey of faith…into the exodus of the desert wilderness perhaps…then on into the Promised Land of Canaan.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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