Galatians 2:20 (New International Version)
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
He preached faith and he practiced what he preached. So, in the goodness of his heart, he was taking a few groceries to an ‘economically challenged’ family who lived over the creek.
He came to the footbridge and saw it was eroded by heavy rain. It was not safe to walk across and a warning notice had been placed there by Council.
He hesitated. The needy family across the creek won. They needed the groceries he carried and faith would not let them go hungry. He prayed for ten minutes until he felt spiritually in tune and full of faith.
First one foot on the bridge, then another. Courage grew and faith grew even stronger. Each step confirmed his faith in his faith. Then half way across, the whole bridge gave way and down he went.
Fortunately he was able to get out but he had to go home and clean up.
Next day, he journeyed forth again and saw the bridge had been repaired.
‘No way,’ he thought. ‘I don’t trust bridges any more,’ and of course, he was clear out of faith. Well, maybe not quite, there was just a half glow of faith still there.
So with his very little bit of faith, he stepped on to the bridge. ‘It’ll go any minute,’ he said but it didn’t, it carried him all the way.
So let us summarize: on the first day, with strong faith and a weak bridge, he fell: on the second day with minimal faith and a strong bridge, he walked across.
Think of our Lord as the strong bridge. Faith in him is better than faith in faith. ‘My present mortal life is lived by faith in the Son of God.’ Galatians 2:20.
Dear Lord we pray that today we would put our faith directly in You and not the things around us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.