Living Life in the Balance with God

The Promised Land was a good land for a reason.

To hear Moses describe the Promised Land, it sounded as if it offered vast natural resources—a land where food was plentiful and lacked for nothing (Deut. 8:9). Well, true and not true.

Living Life in the Balance with God

(Photo: Grapes left on vine after harvest in Israel. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The land had streams, pools, springs, wheat, barley, grapevines, figs, pomegranates, olives, and honey. Sounds pretty nice. Sign me up.

But this good land existed in a delicate balance of nature—and God tipped the scales. The Hebrews would learn that God alone made the good land “good” in direct proportion to the gratitude, praise, and obedience of His people.

The same is true of our lives.

The Promised Land—Life in the Balance

The Promised Land was a good land, but the “good” came about for a reason. It was a balancing act.

  • Without rain, the streams, pools and springs would dry up.
  • The 
fate of the crops depended on a narrow, two-month window between Passover and Pentecost (mid-April to mid-June).
  • The least change 
in climate could leave the inhabitants hungry.
Wild Oats in Israel

(Photo: Wild Oats in Israel. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Because the Canaanites in the land interpreted this balance as a battle between various deities, Moses warned Israel never to forget the Lord or follow other 
gods, or “like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish” (Deut. 8:20).

God never intended to give His people that which would cause them to forget Him. So He rigged their whole existence with an umbilical cord that stretched up to heaven.

Our Day Today—Life in the Balance

The very fact that God gave Israel water from a rock shows He can provide in any situation. So let’s cease worrying about our needs and seek first His kingdom and His righteousness (Matt. 6:31-34).

Prosperity is no friend to a [selective,] sanctified memory, and therefore we are cautioned, when we are full, lest we forget God. —William Gurnall

Grapes during harvest

(Photo: Grapes during harvest. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

As we bow our heads each day over warm meals and under dry roofs, we must never forget that God’s gracious provision relates very little to our jobs, our homes, and investments.

He can provide for us anywhere and at any time.

But life in our good land is only good in relation to our relationship with God.

Question: What makes life good for you? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • Jeanelle Sims

    “What makes life good for me” great question. It makes me stop and think. It’s not what makes my life good but Who makes my life good. Even in my “Why time” God is ever patient with me, always there to lift me up. How can life be anything but good when I have a Savior in Jesus and a Father in God, who loves me beyond my understanding.

    • I like that, Jeanelle: “Why time.” I need to schedule that along with my quiet time! I’m so glad He loves us beyond our understanding. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Rev. Bill Reeves

    With the theme of a balanced life, I am impressed in how God has both supported me through the physical struggles with CP and renewing my spirit to pick me up over and over. My relationship with the Lord has been through it all. There are times when I complain and cry out and many times of restoring me. Without Him I would have lost courage long ago. The blessing of Barb and family keeps me in right balance to care for others and not be self absorbed. The blessing of creation, good books and friends with God’s care has all been worth it.

    • I admire your perspective, Bill. Thank you for seeing as the Lord would have you see— looking past the pain to its purpose and to the blessings of God.

  • Kayleen ferguson

    Thank you for this question, especially today! In the busyness of the world around me, I often fail to be thankful for what and who God has provided to make life good for me!! Fellowship with friends and family, time of worship, and a focus on God’s desires (not my own) make life good!!

    • Yes, Kay, we always need to return to these basics, don’t we? The Lord wired us to find satisfaction in Him and in His desires alone.

  • Michelle thick

    That God is there always. Be thankful. I don’t have to fret or worry. God will provide what I need. Thanks wayne good word.
    God bless

    • You’re welcome, Michelle. Yes, He provides . . . His way in His time.