we buy new tires we have them balanced because balancing keeps the
wheels from wobbling. If the tire had too much weight at one place and
too little at another we would call the tire lop-sided.
knows something about balancing also. For the earth to spin so smoothly,
rotating every 24 hours, it must be perfectly balanced. The balancing of
the mountains and canyons and ocean trenches must have been especially
delicate. For the waters to recede after the flood mountains must have
risen and ocean trenches formed to hold the water. Psalms 104:6-8. We
know that when a figure skater tucks his arms in tight he can spin
faster but when he extends his arms and legs he slows down. Likewise a
high diver tucks in when he somersaults but open up before hitting the
water to reduce spinning. If the earth was not delicately balanced it
would spin slower or faster resulting in tremendous temperature changes
or wobble off out of orbit to destruction. God measured the proper
amount of water in the hollow of his hand, "comprehended the dust
of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the
hills in a balance." Isaiah 40:12.
Christian's life also must be balanced. When I first got the Holy Ghost
a man in the church, Brad Jamerson, told me that if I would pray fifteen
minutes a day, read my Bible fifteen minutes a day, and witness fifteen
minutes a day I would never backslide. You may say, "Only fifteen
minutes of prayer a day?" Yes, but if you prayed two hours a day
and never read your Bible or witnessed, you would be out of balance.
Likewise if you read your Bible two hours a day and never witnessed or
prayed you would be out of balance. The same goes for witnessing much
but not praying or studying the word. I think Brad was also teaching me
that fifteen minutes a day consistent prayer was more beneficial than no
prayer at all followed by an occasional all night prayer meeting. What
he was teaching me was "Balanced Christianity".
need to remember that Christians are the raw material from which
fanatics are made. To me a fanatic is one who is completely out of
balance. A person who goes on a long fast but doesn't obey the simple
principles of the word of God is out of balance..
is much balance in the scriptures such as faith and works, spirit and
truth, justice and mercy, fruit of the spirit and gifts of the spirit,
wives submitting to their husbands and husbands loving their wives,
children obeying parents and fathers not provoking their children to
anger. We are taught to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and
strength and not just one area of our life.
trust that your lives will be balanced and that you will not wear out
too quickly or wobble off to destruction. Selah!
1994 Christian Life College Yearbook