And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward. And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the Lord hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.
- 1 Samuel 10:23-24
This scripture is about King Saul, selected by God and anointed by Samuel the prophet to be the first King of Israel.
Why do we always have faith in the tall guy? …and I'm not asking that because I’m 5’7”/170cm 😊 And no offence to any tall guys present or past 😊
When we see the tall guy, we seem to think he has some magic potion for success that others don't have. Did God choose Saul as the first king for that reason? So people would have their natural human faith in him as well?
On www.atlantic.com there is an article that supports the tall guy syndrome, and it reads thuswise:
"In the 1960s and 70s, Thomas Gregor, an anthropologist at Vanderbilt, travelled to central Brazil to see if height was prized by people beyond the developed world. For years, he observed the Mehinaku, a group that lived in the tropical forest and was so thoroughly unmodern that they had never seen eyeglasses. He spent time with the Navajo and the Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea, too. “In no case,” he would later write, “have I found a preference for short men.”
The bias that Gregor showed to be embedded into human social life plays out quantifiably in the professional world: In Western countries, a jump from the 25th percentile of height to the 75th—about four or five inches—is associated with an increase in salary between 9 and 15 percent."
Despite this article, having faith in the tall guy doesn't always pay the dividends we hope it might. As we know, Tall Saul had a faultline that manifested itself in disobedience to God at a time when it was least needed.
The reason I have chosen this ‘Tall Guy’ topic is because of its reality.
You might know some of Hollywood's most famous actors , who producers needed to make look taller on screen because audiences cannot abide short hero's. Names such as Tom Cruise (5’7”/ 170cm), Mark Wahlberg (5’8”/173cm), Zac Efron (5’8”/173cm), Al Pacino (5’7”/ 170cm), Humphrey Bogart (5’8”/173cm), Alan Ladd (5’6”/168cm), all had to be made taller — for us. We have all been fooled by gimmickry. Yet, inwardly, we all like the movie hero to be tall…and good looking.
I recall reading Marshall Grover cowboy novels in my twenties. All the hero’s were tall, broad shouldered and slim at the hips…and always fast with a gun. I read plenty of them on the way to and from jobs kilometres from the Bendigo depot when I worked on the gangs.
On one occasion, the writers thought they would put in an ordinary guy as the hero. He was much shorter, stockier, not as fast with a gun as other hero’s, and, when he got into a fight it went on forever, not the quick three punches of the taller hero's. Despite him being more real, and despite my build then resembling more his than other hero’s, I didn't like him at all. Funnily, I couldn’t relate to him! All the previous novels had created a tall ‘hero’ picture in my mind, and this guy wasn't one of them.
In these latter times, Satan will be using many means and much gimmickry to fool us and shift us from our position of following Christ. It is written that some of these means will fool the very elect if it were possible, inclining us to follow 'the tall guy’.
Satan will be speaking out of all sorts of false christ’s, out of all sorts of people who look like they know, who look worthy to follow. However, the sheep that stay inside the sheepfold know the voice of the Shepherd, and will fight inwardly not to be seduced by 'the tall guy’.
In the coming times, we will all have challenging ‘valley's of decision' between Christ and the plastic christ's seeking our souls; yet, those who stay in will have their lives blessed beyond measure with joy unspeakable and full of glory, and they will reap the prophesied promises.
THE GIANT STEER — similarities between cattle and humans
Knickers is a real steer that stands 6’4” or 1’94 metres tall and weighs 1400 Kg’s (photo attached).
Niv Jnr showed me this revealing article from the Washington Post, as this snippet shows the similarity between this steer and 'the tall guy'. “You’ll put him in a paddock and all the cattle seem to get attracted to him. Whenever he wants to get up and start walking, there’s a trail of hundreds of cattle following him.”
King David, Israel’s second King, after Saul, who was much shorter than Saul, said this, “And now shall my head be lifted up above mine enemies round about: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord." Psalm 27:6.
He didn't need to be tall to be a leader. God made him tall spiritually.
Truth does not need the advantage of height. If our ears are attuned, if our hearts are seeking, if our minds are fixed, we will hear the voice of the shepherd, and follow Him.
Today’s prayer: Lord, thank you that the truth is the truth and anyone with an ear to hear will hear it. Please help me be attuned to your truth, particularly in the coming times. I don't want to be drawn away by subtle false doctrine, so please help me see through the smokescreens of the enemy and keep a discerning heart to seek and follow only your voice.