Psa. 39:5 π Psa. 106:13-15 π Prov. 16:4 π Lk. 12:47 π Lk. 19:27 π Jn. 8:29 π Jn. 19:10 π Jn. 19:11 π Rom. 15:3 π 2 Cor. 8:5 π Heb. 5:9
Jesus is our balance.
Jesus never said to the Father, “I want just so much of this and a little of that in My life.” He said, “I will do the perfect will of My Father, no matter what He sends My way.” “He pleased not Himself.” ( Rom. 15:3 ) He further said, “I do always those things that please Him (the Father).” ( Jn. 8:29; top )
We as Christians are devoted, not totally to Jesus, but to things that will quicken, or free us or bless us, spiritually or financially. Further, we will undergo many painful rather than take a place of utter helplessness and worthlessness before God. Justifying where we are spiritually so we don’t have to surrender totally to God is the greatest cause of turmoil in the human heart.
Our choosing of what we feel we should receive from the hands of God is an example of self-importance and pride operating to direct our lives. What does this remind us of? Lucifer’s downfall. Most Christians will not put their complete trust in God as long as they feel there may be another way out because they have a secret trust in themselves tucked away just in case of an emergency. “Balance” implies personal choice of what we desire to receive in our Christian walk, but the Father through Jesus sought to contradict the natural inclination of the selfish human heart, which desires to protect itself from complete surrender to the will of the Father.
We are to be utterly dependent on Him; do broken bread and poured-out wine have a choice whether or not to feed others? ( 2 Cor. 8:5; top : “…gave their own selves to the Lord.”)
Pilate said to Jesus, “Do you not know that I have power to crucify You and power to release You?” ( Jn. 19:10 ) It sounds like a balance of choosing to do one thing or the other. However, Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me except it were given you from above…” ( Jn. 19:11; top )
Is it worth the chance to want our way of balance when the Scripture says, “and that servant which knew his Lord’s will and prepared not himself, neither did according to His will shall be beaten with many stripes”? ( Lk. 12:47 ) Is God’s will for us our will for our lives? If not, we are His enemies: “But those enemies of mine which did not want that I should reign over them, bring hither and slay them before me.” ( Lk. 19:27 ) Are we going to seek total obedience and surrender from His hand? “They waited not for His counsel…and tempted God in the desert, and He gave them their request but sent leanness into their soul.” ( Psa. 106:13-15; top )
Jesus desires complete obedience for us to the Father: “And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him”! ( Heb. 5:9; top )
Our self-life, which would like to choose its own “balance” specializes in fighting, rationalizing and making excuses to protect its own existence, yet it was meant to die.
None of the 18-20 verses in Scripture using the word “balance” implies anything except numerous uses of weights, weighing of various objects or referring to honesty.
God is saying to us in these end days, “I’m going to give you some options and see what you’ll choose so I’ll know who I can use.” Are we finally going to appropriate some wisdom and say, “God, I’m not going to choose – You choose”?
“The Lord has made all things for Himself, yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.” ( Prov. 16:4; top )
“…Surely every man at his best state is altogether vanity.” ( Psa. 39:5; top )
We are unbalanced unless we are like Jesus.
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