July 31: Balance

“David cared for them with pure motives; he led them with skill.” Psalm 78:72

When you are doubtful as to your course, submit your judgment absolutely to the Spirit of God, and ask Him to shut against you every door but the right one…Meanwhile keep on as you are, and consider the absence of indication to be the indication of God’s will that you are on His track…As you go down the long corridor, you will find that He has preceded you, and locked many doors which you would fain have entered; but be sure that beyond these there is one which He has left unlocked. Open it and enter, and you will find yourself face to face with a bend of the river of opportunity, broader and deeper than anything you had dared to imagine in your sunniest dreams. Launch forth upon it; it conducts to the open sea.—F. B. Meyer (Streams in the Desert)

David shepherded his people with integrity of heart and skillful hands. This delineates the necessary balance we all must negotiate on a daily basis. Simply put, we are defined by how well we maintain equilibrium between character and ability, personhood and performance. As scales tip too far toward “doing,” I emerge as a shallow expert obsessed with “how-to” but oblivious to “why.” In short order I find myself running on empty. Reverse the scale and I am toxically self-absorbed with no kingdom influence. Introspection apart from surrender is a dead-end street; the world is not a better place with me at the center of the universe. Integrity of heart engaging skillful hands is what we are after. A lifetime of godly influence requires equal attention to both sides of the scale.

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