After carrying his manager on his back, Charles Blondin now had to cross the Nigara Falls walking on a tightrope with a weight two times his size.
This was a huge risk and it was recorded that Blondin had to even run on the tightrope with the weight of his manager plus his beam which he used in balancing, before he was able to cross to the other side of the fall.
This story is not just amazing; but just like the parables Jesus told his disciples, it contains kingdom secrets which the believer would need to know in his walk of faith. Remember that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Lessons Of Faith Drawn From The Charles Blondin Story
Blondin’s manager Harry Colcord, the only person who responded to Blondin’s invitation to the crowd to join him on the tightrope across the Nigara Falls teaches us something very profound about faith.
Colcord was ready to rest the shoulders of his life in a man, who was even imperfect. I believe the difference between Colcord and the crowd was more of the person who had an absolute trust and confidence in who Blondin was. He perhaps had a different relationship with Blondin unlike the crowd who just knew him for what he did.
1. Faith is a product of intimacy with the Lord and you cannot have faith beyond your personal relationship with the Lord.
2. Again, the attitude of the crowd and that of the manager teaches us the true meaning of faith, which is a conviction of such strength that a person would rest the full weight of his life and future upon a God on whom he trusts.
3. Many people after believing in Christ are not ready to throw the full cares of their life to God, but rather would like to carry half of their load on themselves.
4. Faith goes past seeing and believing, remember even demons believe there is a God and they tremble (James 2:19) but such a believe doesn’t save, because the saving power of faith is built on an absolute trust and taking a step through action in what you have believed.
5. The road of faith is not always pleasant to the eyes and may scare you, and certainly when the crowd imagined themselves up there with Blondin on a tightrope, they feared but here is the truth, the fear that pops up when you take a step of faith, doesn’t nullify your faith.
6. Anytime you take a step of faith; you handover the responsibility to God. Remember, Harry Colcord after joining Blondin up there, had nothing else to do, everything just depended on Blondin because he made the call.
The same principle applies to God. When God asks you to take a step of faith, your only responsibility is to take the step; the rest of the journey is for God to handle.
6. It is true that faith and fear cannot coexist but the fear in faith that pops up immediately you ponder on taking a step of faith is a mirage, it is actually false evidence appearing real.
Faith always works because faith is built on the foundation of knowledge in a thing or a person. The superstructure of faith is built upon knowledge and in our case as believers,
on the knowledge of the son of God (Jesus Christ) and His very word.
Remember, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). It is the fuel for faith and you will need to devote time to scripture studying if you want to grow your faith.
Harry Colcord, the manager of Charles Blondin demonstrated a faith that we as believers should replicate. We can always be rest assured and rest the weight of our lives on a God who made the heavens and all the host therof by the breath of His mouth.
For if God spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Is time to secure our faith in this God who has us engraved in His palms. He can be trusted, and we can believe in His promises;
for He has said “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”