by Chris Underwood, Chicago
Walk by faith and walk by things seen and not seen, and by things studied and learned.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The Iguazu Falls are real, powerful, and thousands of people each year travel to the border of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay to visit the location. Many will take a boat tour below the falls. Many will walk out on the wooden deck in the middle of one of the 275 waterfalls to get a closer look of the water going down the falls. There are many walkways in this area and sometimes the walkways are closed due to the height of the rising water. Presumably no one gets trapped out on the walkways by failing to heed the warnings or stumbles over the protective railing.
Those who walk generally never ask for the maintenance records, the proof of inspections, the type of wood used, or the names of the builders. They have spent money, and time to reach this location and their goal is to admire the beautiful scenery at this location. The lack of safety documents does not stop the tourists from paying the fee to reach the walkways.
They walk out on faith following the same path of thousands perhaps repeating in their minds “It must be safe” because so many people do it, (little children may be held with a tight grip just in case, and besides the last time a walkway had to be rebuilt was two years ago according to reports I have seen).
The choice to walk with Jesus Christ is based on much more faith, tangible records, creditable eyewitness, and related documentation than the man-made walkways that occasionally require modification and repair.
One could conclude it is easier to walk as a Christian than on the wooden deck since the temporary walk on the wooden deck will pass away, perhaps recorded by camera for memories, while the walk in the way with Christ is eternal.(Romans 6:23) Yet many will still choose to have more faith in the created things, than the Creator of all things.
Jesus Christ told Thomas AND the other disciples “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed”. John 20:29
Give thanks to being able to walk by faith, by evidence of things not seen with our eyes.
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Give thanks that we can freely search the scriptures so that the walk of faith is supplement with evidence of things seen with our eyes. (Acts 17:10-11 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.)
You and I may or may not ever walk in the physical walkway of others at tourists attractions in different countries. God sent his Son so that all who choose to believe, and obey can walk in the same way daily in faith by things seen and not seen.
Have a great week
Tenha uma ultima semana
This was Chris’s note for March 2017. He spent three months in Brazil working with Embraer and encouraged the church while he was in SJCampos.