At the August conference at Brunstad, Arild Tombre read from Matthew 11:25, where Jesus says, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.”
“If we consider ourselves to be among the wise and understanding, who think we know this, and can do that – then these things are hidden for us, too!” says Tombre, who gives an example of the difference between a tightrope walker putting on a performance, and someone running toward a goal. The tightrope walker can be compared to the “wise and understanding” while the runner is “the simple one.”
“The tightrope walker has to focus intently. He cannot allow himself to take one step, a half step or a quarter step to the right or to the left, otherwise he falls down and the whole show is over.”
In contrast, Tombre says that the runner is completely different. “There is no performance; there is no human effort; the only objective is to reach the goal! And should he be so unfortunate as to fall, or something happens that makes it not succeed, or to go badly – what does the simple person do then? He cannot do anything except to get up and continue!
Tombre relates this illustration further to the Christian life. “We have been given exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these we may be partakers of the divine nature!” [2 Peter 1:4]