May 10 – The Christian Tightrope

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The Christian Tightrope

“The problem with the balanced Christian life is that it is beyond man’s power.” –Michael Clark

A few years ago, while at a park, I observed a young man attempting to tightrope walk. He had attached a rope between two trees and had made numerous attempts to walk from one end of the rope to the other. There was one reason he kept falling off: He would lose his balance. Either he’d lean too far to the left or too far to the right and he’d end up not having the strength to pull himself back.

In the book of Esther, Esther is faced with the impending death of numerous Jews if she doesn’t approach the king on behalf of her nation. She’s anxious and frightened but she makes one request of her cousin, Mordecai: Tell all the Jews in the city to fast and pray for her, before she approaches the king.

Esther ultimately had three choices: 1) Remain apathetic and “turn a blind eye,” 3) Recklessly attempt everything in her own power, or 3) Rely on God’s power and timing to give her the strength and courage she needed – Esther was asked to walk a tightrope and not lose her balance. If she had yielded to apathy or depended on her own strength, she certainly would have lost balance. But instead, she determined to trust God with the outcome and allowed Him to balance and guide her steps.

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 24-26

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