We hear it all the time – life is all about balance. We need to eat a well-balanced diet. We need to balance home life and work. We need to balance every detail of our lives very carefully. While this is all sound advice, it can become a little overwhelming because the question is not whether we are balancing it at all, but if we are balancing it properly. It is easy to fall into relying on our own strength. I’ve found, however, that when we make the Lord our first priority over all else and we ensure that we are getting a well-balanced spiritual diet staying immersed in His word and His presence, everything is simplified.
Spending time with the Lord doesn’t erase things from our to-do list. It doesn’t solve all of our problems, but it does deny fear and anxiety a place of influence over our lives and our decisions. Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your steps.”
Jesus encouraged us in this matter so often. Matthew 6:33-34 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 11:29-30 says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I encourage you to rely on the Lord instead of your routine. Recent world events have shaken our routines to their very core, but the Lord is so wise and steadfast. Look to Him and He will establish your steps. Look to Him for peace amid your day-to-day chaos or the chaos you see on the news. Balancing life becomes so much easier when we take up His yoke.
Father, I thank you for your steadfastness. I thank you for your wisdom. I give all of my plans and all of my desires to you, please establish my steps in all I do so that I do it for Your glory and according to Your plan. Amen.