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Keeping Your Balance

Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going." John 12:35 (NKJV)

I remember the first time I rode my mountain bike with clip-in peddles.  The attachments on the bottom of my shoes allowed for my feet to stay firmly attached to the peddles of my bicycle, and I was able to get even more power out of every upstroke of my peddle cadence.  “What a treasure!” I thought to myself.  

Then came my first encounter with a very tight 180-degree off camber turn.  I was traveling pretty fast, and as I slowed down I slid into the corner and went to swing my leg, I had forgotten about my foot being clipped in.  My bicycle wasn’t making enough forward movement and down I went in a tremendous “Thud!”  I quickly learned how to have both feet ready to unclip in a moments notice.  But I was also reminded of an old truth from my early years of riding bicycles—

“No momentum—No balance.”

As I thought about this I couldn’t help but draw a parallel to my spiritual walk with God.  If there is no momentum, then I will lose my balance and fall as well. We are told to walk in the light (John 12:35), which means to walk in God’s truth and to obey His commands.  When I am reading God’s word, fellowshipping at church, and spending time talking with God in prayer, it seems like I can motor through the trials and obstacles in my life.  But if I stop doing all these healthy practices, then I’ve found myself having a tough time negotiating what I’m facing — doubt and worry can cause me to stop in my tracks, as I lose my momentum and I lose my balance. 

Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life. Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil. Proverbs 4:10-14 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  God has a plan for everything you face and He will walk with you through every valley (Heb. 13:5).  Choose to keep walking in truth and love, especially when the enemy tries to tempt you to stop.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what could we learn about how we are to walk?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself losing your balance in your Christian walk when you stop walking in God’s truth?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to do what you know to be right as outlined in God’s Word.  

PRAYER: Father, Thank You for showing me “The Way” to walk and live. Help me to walk in faith today Lord as I look to You and Your Word for guidance and strength.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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