Devotional for Tuesday January 30th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Balance”


Our Bible verse for today: “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Sometimes your life should be out of balance.”


Not everything is equally important and therefore not everything deserves equal time and attention. Proper balance involves allotting the appropriate amount of time and attention to people and things based upon their relative importance in your life at this time. And, those priorities can change from time-to-time depending on what’s going on.


Sometimes our lives will necessarily have to be out of balance – for a time and for a good reason. Sometimes a situation is going on which is so important that for a while it will need more time, attention, resources, and emotional energy than anything else that is going on. At such times we will be out of balance in favor of whatever that particular thing is.


For instance, in recent days I’ve made the case that our relationship with Jesus is the most important thing in life. Since that’s true we must be resolved to live life from a biblical worldview, adhering to Biblical principles. But doing that can sometimes cause our lives to get out of balance in a big hurry and in big ways.


I’m thinking of the Christian baker in Colorado who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay wedding. He is now facing criminal charges, lawsuits, possibly financial ruin, and maybe even time in jail. I’m sure that at this moment his life probably does not feel balanced to him. He is living in the middle of a storm of controversy and troubles. But, he is standing on principle. He made up his mind that he would not compromise his values. Instead he has chosen to stand on Biblical principle as stated in Acts 5:29. He decided to do what is right and he resolved to face whatever trial or storm such a stand brought into his life.


Today we live in a society which demands that we go along in order to get along. Sadly, too many Christians are willing to do just that. Many Christians today just go with the cultural flow because doing so is easier than standing firm for Biblical principles and it requires less risk. In such cases their lives might seem happy and balanced and easy since they’re avoiding the conflict, but their stand is not right and it does not honor the Lord.


That’s just one example of a way in which resolving to do the right thing can result in our lives becoming temporarily unbalanced. The fact is that sometimes we will be faced with choices that cause imbalance and even turmoil. There are things that are important enough to deserve a disproportionate amount of our time and attention for a while.


Striving for and maintaining a healthy balance in life is usually the good and right thing to do, but not always. Sometimes you will be faced with difficult situations which will require an inordinate amount of your time, attention, and effort, and, which might be costly to you.  The right way to deal with such times is to resolve that you will honor God in how you handle it, and then trust the outcome to Him.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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