God desires that we each live a balanced life and the finest picture of the balanced life in the scriptures is found in Revelation 10:1-2.
“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire; and he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot upon the earth.”
In the picture presented it seems as if God is saying, “This is the posture that is needed. This is the way to stand if you would attain the finest balance in life and if you would find what Jesus called the abundant life (John 10:10). The earth represents the importance of material things of life, the sea represents the depth and eternity of spiritual things, and the little book represents the teachings of Jesus.
All three of the symbols in this picture are important for the abundant life. Man must keep a balance between the material and spiritual and follow the teachings of Jesus. If you omit any one of the three, you will never measure up to the pattern presented in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:7).
The little book represents the teachings of Jesus. When we taste them they are sweet, but when we make them a vital part of us they can lead to some testing and trying experiences. The little book is to be a rule of life and a controlling influence in our lives.
The importance of the material is seen as the angel has one foot on the earth. God created the earth and placed us here to enjoy and use it.
The danger is that we will place too much emphasis on the material. Jesus spoke of the rich young ruler and the rich farmer and showed how they both put too much emphasis on the material.
Jesus emphasized the priority as the angel stands with his right foot on the sea. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). You can place too much weight on the right foot as some do who become fanatical about religion, but the greatest danger is that we will neglect the spiritual.
The picture of the angel with one foot on the material, one foot on the spiritual and the guidebook in his hand is the picture God wants us to keep in mind. A proper balance leads to an abundant life.