These days everybody is talking about balance. Whether the topic is work, play, diet or other, balance always refers to that place in the middle where you don’t exaggerate too much to the left or to the right. The key to succeeding at anything seems to be keeping everything “in balance”.
Well, if you entered the realm of vegetarianism for Spiritual reasons, you may be glad to know that God also likes the idea of balance.
In the biblical book of Joshua chapter 1 and verse 7 , God promised Joshua that He would be with him as He had been with Moses. –But he added this warning: “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.”
There are a few lessons one can take away from these divine Words. First of all, it takes strength and courage to do the right thing. In the days of Joshua, things were tough and it took courage to do things God’s way. Clearly nothing has changed. In today’s culture, it takes just as much courage to live correctly.
Secondly, notice that God asks him to remain balanced. “Do not turn to the right hand or to the left that you may prosper”. The path of obedience is the middle path and therein lies spiritual prosperity. There is always a bypath to the right, and one to the left; both are undoubtedly wrong. A person may go to extremes on either side of the pathway of duty. An extreme path of liberalism (left) or an extreme path of
fanaticism (right) will each compromise your relationship with God and lead to destruction.
Friend, if God in His wisdom has given counsel, then every detail of it is sacred. We can believe Him when he cautions us against extremes. My sincere hope is that today, the God of Heaven will help you find true balance in your life.