Avoid All Extremes

God & Scripture

Ecclesiastes 7:18 “It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes”

Here King Solomon is talking about not being overrighteous and not being overwise, he also says not to be overwicked and not to be a fool. There is a certain balance in life whereby we should not adopt extremes. We should not be totally biased to one side of thinking whereby we cannot see and understand the other side.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, God is a very balanced God. There are times when he seems to do things out of the ‘ordinary’, however he is not extreme or biased in his ways and he shows no favouritism. Since God is a balanced God, we should be a balanced people. Balanced in our understanding. Balanced in our perspectives. Balanced in our opinions.

Throughout my journey as  Christian I have been building up an understanding of God. I have gotten to know him more throughout my life as I’m sure many have. But whenever I come across a scripture or a situation that doesn’t sit within my understanding of God, my perspective is challenged. What I find I continually have to do is step back in my minds eye and have a larger perspective that encompasses this new idea or principle.

Whenever we face those difficult questions in life, or come across those difficult scriptures, we need to take a step back and consider the bigger picture. We need to continually get a bigger perspective of who God is otherwise we will be trying to define him by limited understanding and experiences. It’s not about viewing those challenging things as ‘random/extreme occurrences’, but asking “Who is God where that is part of his nature?

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