THEY CAN ONLY RISE SO HIGH - The Warrior's Journey®


Author: David Causey, USA (Ret.)

Coming ‘round the mountain. Photo by U.S. Air Force is licensed under CC By 2.0

Mountains can only get so high. That’s the conclusion of geologists. It all depends on the force of gravity. Gravity is the “inward or downward pull” generated by the mass of the planet. The larger the planet, the greater the force of gravity pulls everything down to its center.

People & Mountains Alike

Mountains are concentrations of mass on the planet’s surface. The higher the mountain rises, the greater its mass and weight and the more gravity pulls it down—sort of like a fat man lying on a water bed. The heavier he is, the more he sinks down. If mountains rise too high (authorities describe “too high” as somewhere between 30,000 and 45,000 feet above sea level), the rocks at their base will liquefy from the pressure and gravity will pull the mountains downward.

Like mountains, people can only rise so high. Human frailty and our sinful nature create this limitation. Sure, many have exalted themselves and have aspired to divinity. Throughout history, they have sought to control the world. But human flaws and frailty—and the laws of God—have pulled them down.

Similarly, like the law of gravity, the laws of God pull people back down to reality. The law of God says, “Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled but he who humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). So the next time a Hitler, a Mussolini, a Stalin, or a Nero exalts himself and threatens to conquer the earth, take heart. In conclusion, there is a far greater force at work that will bring him down. “Be still and know that I Am God,” said the Lord in Psalm 46:10. “I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.”


Dear Father in heaven, at times when I fear the power of evil men, remind me that You have everything under control and will not allow evil to conquer the world. You are able to humble the proud and give grace to the humble. Help me to humble myself in Your sight, that you may lift me up. Amen.

In article photo: 180315-F-OH871-1331 by U.S. Air Force licensed under CC BY 2.0

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