Faith on a wire – on balance

Posted on June 24, 2013 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

After having an evening to reflect on Nik Wallenda’s stunning wire walk across the Grand Canyon, here are a few points to consider along with the last post.

First Point – You are only as safe as God wants you to be.

The truth is that whether you are walking on a 2 inch cable 1,500 feet above ground or walking across the street you are equally dependent upon God for safety. I can hear someone saying, “come on, there is a big difference between crossing the Grand Canyon and crossing the street.” No, not really. Each second, heartbeat, and step occurs because of the will of God.

Safety is not primarily a matter of location. Safety is connected to the will of God. This does not diminish our responsibility, but it does affirm our complete dependence upon God.

Second Point – There are no big and little moments in life.

Every moment is a moment where we can choose to honor God or honor ourselves. This makes every moment a big moment. It appears that Nik Wallenda’s walk was a big moment. I know that I was impressed. In contrast, God is impressed with his own creation and the billions of stars that do his bidding.

A young mother who comforts her child with the words of Scripture and the hope of Christ is doing something more powerful than Wallenda’s high wire act. The difference is that the Discovery Channel is not there to record her courageous act of trusting God. And if the Discovery Channel was there, the commentators would undoubtably mock her for her outdated faith. With calm, knowing voices they would wonder if this misguided mother was corrupting her child with her stories of sin, redemption and a Savior.

Don’t feel inadequate if you are not walking across a canyon for God. Rather, be blown away that you can take your next breath for his glory.

Third Point – There is some concern regarding Wallenda’s spiritual guidance.

The person who Wallenda asked to be with him and pray for the walk was Joel Osteen. Mr. Osteen is not known for his orthodoxy or his reliance upon the Bible.

Fourth Point – If Wallenda continues to do high wire acts such as this he will ultimately be putting God to the test.

The 1,400 foot walk over a 1,500 foot deep canyon demonstrated his faith in God. Wallenda has made his point. To continue to make such walks begins to test God. Satan made a similar request to Christ when he suggested that Jesus throw himself down from the highest point of temple.  Surely, the angels catching Christ in his free-fall would be a great testimony to God’s power. Jesus would have none of it. He simply said he would not test the Lord his God. Mr. Wallenda would do well to listen to the words of Christ.

Parents this is an opportunity to teach your children that God’s ways are not man’s ways. Yes, what Wallenda did was breathtaking. But it is not nearly as breathtaking as when a child learns to love his sister above himself as he begins his journey over the canyon of life.

 

 

 

Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.