Today completed our series on Balance as we discussed A Balanced Church. We have discovered throughout these few lessons that the Bible has much to say about balance. The book of Job poses the question; “Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?” (Job 37:16) God knows something about balance. Isaiah asks; “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?” (Is. 40:12) We can look at creation and see how He positioned the Alps, Rockies, Appalachian Mountains, and the Cascades along with other mountain regions and see balance portrayed before our eyes.
We read about it in Scriptures like “behold the goodness and severity of God” (Rom. 11:22). It’s revealed in the Tabernacle in the wilderness as it took center stage and paints us a picture of how God and the church should be our focal point today. We can see balance as we view the “wheel in the middle of the wheel” in the book of Ezekiel.
I see a picture of balance in the church as we look at the siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. The church needs the heart of Mary, the hands of Martha, and the witness of Lazarus. I also see it in the pattern set for us in Acts 2:42; “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Note that doctrine was first in the order, however.)
I close by leaving you other Scriptures to ponder (without commentary) that speaks to me of the same:
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
Blessed are the PURE in HEART.
Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS.
Thanks for reading our Bible study recap. Thanks for striving with me to remain a balanced church. Now go have some good clean fun! (You had to be there!)