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A Well Placed Truth

Rio De Janeiro contains the world's largest soccer stadium with a capacity of 200,000. It is an awesome spectacle when it is full. it can also be very dangerous.

On Sunday, July 19, 1992, Maracana Stadium was filled to the brim for the national soccer championship game. On one of the upper levels of the stadium a large number of people were crowded against a guardrail that was the only thing separating them from a lengthy plunge into the stands below. Due to a lack of maintenance and some rusty bolts, that guardrail collapsed under the pressure of human flesh and 87 people plummeted a distance of about two stories into the seats below them. Eighteen of those people were seriously injured. There were no immediate fatalities, however two people would later die as a result of injuries from the fall.

The whole incident happened to have been caught by the television cameras. As the video footage was shown repeatedly on the news programs for the next several days, it made one's heart race to see those bodies falling through space. If only they had not trusted in something so flimsy! Yet, no one knew that the guardrail was so untrustworthy! Would things have been different if the fans had known?

Spiritually, we are always being tempted to place our trust and comfort in areas where they don't belong! In self. In riches. Etc.

Yet, God's word tells us, WARNS US, that these are not worthy of our trust. Proverbs 11:28 says that whoever trusts in his riches will fall (rather sobering terms in light of the above incident). A later verse (28:26) says that he who trusts in himself is a fool!

I believe that the situation in Maracana on July 19, 1992, would have been very different if the fans had known of the guardrail's fragile condition beforehand. The advantage we have in the spiritual realm is that the Bible has already told us where to put our trust, along with the consequences of trying to trust in something else.

"Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. " (Proverbs 3:5).

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward