I love Vero Beach, Florida. It has a great P.R. slogan: “See the Sunrise, Not a High-rise.” Vero Beach takes pride in the fact that there are not miles of high-rise buildings blocking the view of the beach and ocean. This is one of the attractions that draws people to the town. Small boutiques, oceanside restaurants, and a long boardwalk along the water give this place an unhurried, quaint feel. It’s quite a contrast to the hectic pace of life so many of us live. How unfortunate it is when our cluttered lives crowd out the very things that should bring us joy.
‘High rise’ problems block the light of God’s Son from shining into the lives of a multitude of people. Perhaps it’s financial worries, physical problems, family issues, or a moral crisis. These or other difficulties can so obscure a person’s outlook that they don’t see Jesus, ‘the Light of Life’. Possibly you are such a person. You may be experiencing little joy or peace of mind because troubles loom so high you can’t see Him or your way ahead.
Sometimes our problems seem so BIG that we can’t imagine a solution. God’s word has a lot to say about such situations. When David faced the giant Goliath, a true “high-riser”, he believed the battle was the Lord’s, not his: “And the Philistine (Goliath) said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts…” (1 Samuel 17:44-45, NKJV). We all know how that turned out! God’s word assures us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 15:13, NIV). When we think we have no place to turn, Jesus says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30, NKJV).
When His Disciples were faced with a situation they couldn’t handle, Jesus admonished them, “I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20, NKJV). The key is faith to believe that with Jesus’ help, we can see beyond the ‘high-risers’ in our life.
See The Son Rise, Not a High Rise
~ Brother Roy