Are you trusting the ground crew, the engineers, the Pilot or yourself?
Created by Jon Taylor - Friday 01 Feb 2019
Jon Taylor
Some say that seeing is believing and understand faith in God to be intellectual suicide. Therefore, it follows that we should trust our sensory perceptions and ourselves. The reality is; however, we exercise faith in something or someone every day usually without giving it a second thought. To demonstrate just one subset of examples, if we take a train or a bus somewhere, we are exercising faith in the driver to drive us safely to our destination. The same is true when we take a flight, though when we do that, we exercise even greater faith than on terra firma. Undoubtedly, nervous flyers are elated when they land safely on firm ground! We need to walk by faith, not by sight.
Firstly, myself included, most of us don’t really understand the mechanics of flight though we could articulate it if we spent a little time in the appropriate reading material and stated it convincingly. Nevertheless to build a flying machine and to use it, would demonstrate faith in the mechanics of flight, rather than just being certain of the principle involved. Furthermore, not only do we have to exercise faith in the mechanics of the flight take off and safe passage itself, but also the engineering of the plane since we don’t even have the ‘luxury’ of pulling over onto the hard shoulder mid-flight.
Then there is faith in the pilot who you have probably never met; and it is likely that you will probably never meet, that they are competent and able to negotiate the challenges presented by the weather on any given day that you decide to take a flight, because it helps you get from A to B speedily and conveniently.
Then we may decide we want to jump out of a plane, with a parachute of course; because it seems like a good idea at the time, but maybe not such a good idea immediately prior to that, as I discovered. I remember being taken up in Cessna light aircraft and waiting to do a static line jump. I hadn’t seen the parachute when it was packed which is not a straight forward procedure in itself and I remember before I left the aircraft a strange sensation as the idea raced through my head “I’m jumping out of a plane with a backpack and somehow it will unravel into a canopy above my head within around five seconds and if it doesn’t well I just have to jettison that one and pull the reserve cord and just do the drill and don’t overthink it!”
‘We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7)’. Faith isn’t intellectually foolish. On the contrary if we refused to exercise faith in anything or anyone or only trusted in what we could see in entirety; we would need to check almost everything continually and the result would be a life of hyper-safety routines predicated by fear. Thankfully the writer to the Hebrews defined faith for us ‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1).’ Faith is based on evidence, not the absence of it.
We can trust the Lord based on who He is and what He has done. His creation and sustaining of the universe, shows us entirely sufficient evidence of His invisible attributes. Our conscience isn’t the by- product of evolution, but an awareness of His law written in our hearts and our conscience bearing witness. He has spoken, foretold and revealed history through the rise and fall of the empires of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Mede-Persia, Greece and Rome which archaeology affirms. He has revealed Himself through His prophets and through His Son. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The One who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God. Sin was transacted onto His account since we are all the guilty ones. At the end of the day, we can reject God, or we can run to Him. We need to repent, trust and believe in Him and then He will reside in us.
Without the Lord, no matter how we live our lives, we are plummeting to a lost eternity. The question is then, do we wish to be the pilot or do we want the Lord to guide us along the way? Do we want to build a flying machine and take a risk, or let the Creator be the foundation of our lives? Do we wish to be the master of our destiny and the captain of our fate or do we want the Lord to direct our paths? Do we want to pack the parachute and live life our way and write the rules, or do we want the Lord to instruct us? Do we want absolute freedom and to jump without a parachute or do we want to jump with the parachute and trust in the sovereignty, providence and watchful care of the Lord both on the journey and when exiting the plane? The ground crew and the engineers are important. But who is piloting your plane?
Friday 01 Feb 2019