Balance | March Devotional

We have all been in such a whirlwind that feels like a never ending storm around us. Sometimes it feels like it is just chewing us up and spitting us out to chew us up again. As we are jumping into a new month I was encouraged by the word God had laid on my heart to focus on - balance.

I know, I know - how could we possibly find balance in all this chaos?

I was feeling this way and lifted up my questions to the Lord who has given me many verses to meditate on this month, but Matthew 5:3-12 in particular struck me. At first glance it doesn’t scream “balance” but look particularly at verse 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” This was such a needed reminder that while we are all surely longing for something to happen in our lives, whether it be COVID-19 related, something about our job or hope for work, family circumstances, or a plethora of other factors we are facing in life right now we are all desiring something.

Matthew 5 reminded me that we need to be hungering and thirsting for HIM - for HIS righteousness. We need to remain diligently focused on things above rather than our hectic circumstances around us. Balance can only be obtained in this life when He is our number one in all things at all times, and when He is what we are longing for.

Read through these verses, pray over the words, pinpoint the places that God might be speaking to you today. Where is God calling on you to seek His balance? His priorities? His intentions? Him?

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:3-12 NKJV

Jesus Himself calls those who hunger and thirst for His righteousness “blessed” and says “they shall be filled”. Will you allow Him to fill you up, or will you fill yourself with worry, dissatisfaction, anxiety, frustrations and impatience with things of this world?

Pray with me this month for balance in our lives, hearts, minds - as well as for our circumstances, our homes, families, communities, nations and the world. Seek His balance for and in all things.

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