I heard a little promotional message this morning for Joy FM 93.3’s upcoming Share-A-Thon where they raise funds for their operating budget. In this message, the guy was talking about embracing change, and he likened it to a high-wire walker. He said the first step onto the high-wire may be a little shaky, and he may look below his feet and think of all the things that could go wrong. But if the high-wire walker will lift up his head and look beyond where he is to the other end of the high wire, he will begin to think of all the things that could go right, including reaching his destination unscathed! We can apply that same thought to our Christian walk. There are times in our lives when we have all been on the high wire. Maybe you are on the high wire of changing life circumstances, maybe not even circumstances of your own choosing (through divorce, through the death of a loved one, through the loss of a job).
Maybe you are on a high wire of a new direction God is calling you to. Maybe you are on a high wire of a newly found salvation and life in Christ. Maybe you are currently just on a high wire of normality of walking and finding that things are trying to distract your attention. Whatever high wire we are on right this moment, there is a temptation to look below our feet to all of the problems swirling around us and to think of all of the things that could go wrong. God doesn’t want us to live in fear and worry of tomorrow. He does want us to take our eyes off our situations and things around us or below us, and to look toward Him. He wants us through faith to see where He is leading us, to where His calling is fulfilled in and through us, to where we have overcome the trial or temptation we are facing, and walk our high wire with confidence in our relationship with Him and begin to think of all the things that could go right as wereach our destination.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it [complete it] until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)
Be careful [or anxious] for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is
enough for today. (Matthew 6:34 NLT)
For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion, in the secret place of his tabernacle shall he hide me, he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall my head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me, therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy. I will sing, yea I will sing praises unto the Lord. (Psalm 27:5–6)
But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. (Psalm 3:3)
Therefore I will look unto the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. (Micah 7:7)
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)
Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:1b–2a)
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:22)
Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the Great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13)