What is a Balanced Life?

God does not have a 500/500 win/loss record.  He does not have an equal number of wins and losses.  Because God is not limited by the dimension of time, God can compose scenarios which start out with the appearance of the risk of failure…yet have success written into them as the storyline plays out.  Oftentimes in the biblical narrative stories of faith, God’s “team” appears to be losing at the start of the game, only to come roaring back with an ingenious devised, winning strategy that achieves the ultimate victory…way outside of the boundaries of worldly conventional normalcy.

There is no biblical scenario where people have released their faith in God for a beneficial outcome…that has ever failed.

If the contention that biblical journey of faith storylines…all containing the cross of Christ…are beyond humanistic composition…the fact that every single one succeeds is another subtle, slightly hidden below-the-surface evidence for their divine origin.

As Abraham…the first example of a God-composed journey of faith and is thus called the “father of faith”…walks from the city of Haran towards Canaan the Land of Promise…with each step Abraham takes God is displacing the normative life-plans Abraham would have actualized in Haran with a new and entirely novel life-script above and beyond anything Abraham could possibly have imagined or contrived.

If this variation of the cross of Christ that existed in every narrative story of faith in the Bible…precludes by its uniquely novel unconventionality any chance of humanistic composition…thus elevating them out of the realm of fictional invention and into the exclusive realm of divine origin…then their absolute success rate of 100 percent should serve as a foundation for releasing our faith as Spirit-born Christian disciples to carry on forward when the going gets rough and outward appearances are discouraging.

A supernatural God…existing outside of the limits of time…having a perfect win/loss record with zero defeats…changes forever the calculus of what is the definition of a balanced life.  If God can take us into the perils inherent in an adventure of faith…having a guaranteed successful outcome…then we can say along with David in his 23rd Psalm: “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

The reality of this concept…securely placed with a zone of unconventionality outside of the possibility of human imaginative invention or contrivance…as a result of the ingredient of the cross of Christ…renders God-composed journey of faith life-scripts safely above and beyond attack from “any weapon formed against it” (Isa. 54:17).  No matter how long or perilous the journey, if Jesus Christ is our guide, the route He takes will be safe and the final destination will be reached.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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