People talk about faith a lot. Especially people of faith. True Christ-followers understand the concept of faith better than anyone else, yet find it difficult at times to exercise that faith in certain situations. James said it would happen [James 1:2-3].
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
Recently I had the chance to exercise my faith in a real life experience, and I gained some valuable insight into the concept of faith. Here is a little history of the Capilano Suspension Bridge, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:
In 1888, George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and land developer, arrived in the young city of Vancouver in Canada. Mackay purchased 6,000 acres of dense forest on either side of Capilano River and built a cabin on the very edge of the canyon wall. In 1889 he suspended a footbridge made of hemp rope and cedar planks across the canyon with the help of August Jack Khahtsahlano and a team of horses who swam the ropes across the river. The ropes were then pulled up the other side and anchored to huge buried cedar logs.
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This 153 yard bridge took me to the other side of the river, where we walked on other bridges up into the tops of the trees and looked down at the river flowing below. I’m not a big fan of suspension bridges, holding at any given point more than one hundred people going back and forth. The only bad thing about going all the way over to the other side… you have to cross the bridge again to come back.
Placing my faith in the cabling, wood, and design of this bridge was very challenging for me.
I suspect that for people far from God, who always want to believe they can handle everything on their own, they might have some difficulty believing Jesus really is the only BRIDGE worth taking. They probably doubt His ability to be the Savior He claims to be. They dispute His authority and claim to be the ONLY means (way, truth, life) of right relationship with God.
Nevertheless, it is true.
What it takes to act on this truth… is to take a step of faith into Jesus.
Hebrews helps us here [11:1]:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
If I wanted to see the river from the tops of the trees… there was only one way to get there… stepping out in faith.
If you want to know the joy of eternal life with the Creator of the Universe, there is only one way to get there… taking that step of faith into Jesus.