It’s hard to live a life of balance. So many people live in the extreme. We see some people addicted to the Internet, and others shun it altogether. Anorexia to gluttony, workaholics to laziness – it’s one end of the spectrum to the other. Sometimes it is even true with good things, things God wants us to utilize. But we become rigid and legalistic, and in trying to honor God, we lose sight of Him and His heart. At the core of any extreme is our own neediness, and our desire to fill those needs with anything and everything but God Himself. We can get so caught up in “religiousness” that we follow after an idea of what we think God is, and it doesn’t look like what we find in the Bible.
The balance and perfection of God is one of the things I love about Him. So holy and majestic He couldn’t show His face, yet became man so we could become like Him. The protective God of the Old Testament shielding the pathway of His Son, is the same God who is a loving Father forgiving the adulterous and befriending the tax collectors in the New Testament.
Balance may not be easy to achieve, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Difficult doesn’t mean impossible with God. I pray we seek to honor Him by reflecting Him and His balance more accurately in all areas of our lives. Evaluate your life this week, and ask God to reveal areas where you may be a little extreme. May the Holy Spirit empower you to do what is necessary to restore balance into your life.
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.
1 Corinthians 6:12 (ESV, emphasis mine)