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::Devotional:: ‘Guard Your Time With God’

October 5, 2009

Somewhere there’s a balance, although it is hard to find and sometimes even harder to maintain.  A balance between a busy schedule from a life lived one activity to another, even the activity of relaxing, and a schedule where our most guarded moments are spent with the Lord in His word.  Sometimes that balance can get out of whack and we find ourselves spiritually dazed and confused wondering what happened?  One minute we’re actively pursuing the Lord and the next we’re struggling just to get into his word and we’re trying to live by our own means rather than being fueled by faith in Him.  How does that happen?  Perhaps more importantly, how to we get back in balance?

Some might say this is too simplistic, but I believe the balance is maintained by the time we spend in the word.  When we open the word for personal study on a daily basis we are able to maintain a right focus in our mind, our hearts, and our souls.  When the word is open before us and we are open before the Lord, we are balanced.

Consider an excerpt from David’s prayer journal in the Psalms:

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.  The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  Psalm 4:7-8

Let’s take a closer look at the truths in this passage and dig for some insight into the importance of the Word in maintaing the proper balance in life.  One way I’ve learned to dig deeper is to look at the truth that is stated in the scriptures and then think about the opposite.  Often I find that I can easily spot the opposites which are occurring in my life and that need to be addressed.

  • Truth – The law is perfect and revives the soul 
     

    • Opposite – If the word revives the soul, bringing life – being without the word depletes the soul, bringing death
  • Truth – The statutes are trustworthy and make the simple wise
    • Opposite – If the word  makes the simple wise – being without the word leaves the simple unwise, lacking discernment and ability to make decisions that are God-centered rather than self-centered
  • Truth – The precepts are right and give joy to the heart
    • Opposite – If the word brings joy to the heart – being without the word brings misery, unhappiness, sorrow, and grief to the heart
  • Truth – The commands are radiant and give light to the eyes
    • Opposite – If the word gives light to the eyes – being without the word leaves the eyes dark and blinded, lacking direction

Without the word we are depleted and sorrowful souls wandering in darkness, far from God, lacking the ability to make God-centered decisions.  We are out of balance as believers and the words of the Lord are our only solution.  David continued to write:

The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold, they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.  By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 4:9-11

Are you feeling out of balance?  Are you depleted and sorrowful, focused more on yourself than on the Lord?  Maybe you are out of balance.  I’ve been there.  Turn to the Word.  Get the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart focused back on the Lord.  Ferociously guard your time with God in His word and ask him to help restore balance to your life.

-:Stay Rooted Col 2:7:-

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