Lent: 40 days of balance


All of us are busy, running to and fro in our daily activities. Family, church, our jobs; these things consume our time. In all this many times we feel burned out, tired and stressed. Many times we feel that the weight of the world is on our shoulders as we attempt to balance our lives. Sometimes we feel that we cannot take even one more step as circumstances and life have drained us. God knew that we would find ourselves in these situations and directed us in His word that when we find ourselves in these situations that we should stop, sit down and relax.


Exodus 14:13 tells us to stand still, and see the salvation of God. Here the word is telling us that we need not to be anxious; instead we need to be calm, confident , and trustful in our God as we sit still and await His divine presence and power as He works in our lives.


God wants to fulfill all of our tomorrows, and give us strength for today.  He wants to bring a new tomorrow, renewing our strength. He wants us to live life, and live it in abundance. God intends a wonderful fruitful life for us. The key to that is stopping, and sitting still; waiting on Him to carry out His will in our lives.


It is not only hard to be still, but it is difficult to find the time to be still, as being still goes against our natural grain. Our natural tendencies are pedal to the medal, full speed ahead. But here in His Word, God is instructing us to us to put on brakes and be still. Being still before God is not inactivity, it is wisdom.


When we sit still and trust God, it will silence the enemy as he knows God is our rescue. As we put our trust and faith in God, tomorrow will come. As we sit quietly and wait on Him, He will keep our heart at rest, averting feelings of fear, stress and despair. When we are broken, we cannot find rest, and hope is nowhere to be found. Our hope is found in the grace of God by Christ Jesus. He can heal a broken heart when nothing else can.


As we begin the 40 days of balance  let’s encourage each other to intentionally focus on what Jesus said the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).  How can we focus on balance of our Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength as a family?