Reference text: Luke 19:1-10

Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

Regardless of how afraid we are of walking, very very few of us are actually paranoid enough to look up into every tree as we walk under or by them. The sycamore tree is a relatively short one, however in season, its lush green foliage camouflages anything in it pretty well. Hence, I find it somehow strange that when Jesus arrived at the particular sycamore tree on which Zacchaeus was, he automatically looked up.

Zacchaeus may have made some rattling of the branches to unsettle the leaves thereby getting Jesus’ attention, but one thing I dare say is even if he was dead silent, his silent tears had reached the heart of God. Zacchaeus knew all about what it meant to be placed on a pedestal with him being referred to as ‘chief publican’, in other terms, ‘chief sinner’.

His height even compounded his concern as everyone one looked down on him. He is described as wanting to see who Jesus was, but deep in heart, there could be a longing to also be on a high place to literally also look down unto others. Little did Zacchaeus expect that when Jesus arrived at the spot, He would rather look up towards him while he on the other hand, desperately clung unto the tree branches.

Beloved, even when the whole world appears to look down on you, God will not. As much as He is someone you look up to, He is also one who turns his eyes upwards to you. It matters not under what circumstances you found yourself up there, what remains true is the fact that He will help you on your way down to level ground.

Remember # God will never look down on you.

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