Devotions By Jan

Balanced Rock

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Scripture for Today: I Thessalonians 5:23 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

These incredible red rock formations at Arches National Park made us feel quite small and insignificant. But as impressive as they were, we were not tempted to get too close to this one, called, “Balanced Rock.” I am sure it has stood precariously balanced for a very long time. But what if it decided to give up and fall at the very moment we walked in its shadow?

Today’s verse speaks of three different and distinct parts of man. Each part of us needs to be blameless before our God. He is a God of peace and when we are set apart or sanctified for Him, we can enjoy His peace. When one part of us is not wholly committed to Him we miss out on that perfect peace He offers. We are to be blameless through and through but that is never achieved by merely our own efforts. It is His work in us. The One who calls us is faithful and HE will do it! (verse 24)

There is quite a bit of emphasis today on keeping our bodies healthy. It is an important concern but surely not more important than the spiritual health of our spirits and souls! If we were to give as much attention to the unseen part of us as the visible part, we would find a deeper enjoyment of our God of peace! I want balance. I want Him to be Lord of all of me, through and through! Should my body weaken, I do not want my soul and spirit to follow suit!

Lord, make all of me healthy!

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