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Don’t Fly Blind

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

A pilot was taking a trip in his small airplane one day. Suddenly, the weather around him changed. The clouds engulfed him. He couldn’t see where he was, or where the ground was. The storm that was brewing created some interference, and not all of the gauges in front of him were working. Soon he realized he was flying blind.

At least his radio still worked. He called out on that radio for anyone who was listening. An air traffic controller heard the call and responded. He could see the pilot’s aircraft on his radar screen.

The air traffic controller was able to direct the pilot to the airport. He could tell the pilot which way to turn and when to turn. He was able to tell the pilot whether he needed to gain altitude in the aircraft or begin to descend. Using the radio, the air traffic controller was able to guide the pilot through that storm and to a safe landing.

During all of this, the pilot had a choice to make. Was he going to try to land that aircraft by himself? Or was he going to trust the person on the other end of his radio? He couldn’t see that person. He didn’t know that person. But if he was going to safely land that airplane, he had to put his trust in someone he couldn’t see or didn’t know.

At some point we all go through life that way. We are flying along doing our own thing, and then something goes wrong. And when that happens, we desperately reach out for someone to help us. We search for someone we can trust. And it may not be someone we can see, or we even know.

Until we allow Jesus to come into our lives, we don’t know Him. We certainly can’t see Him face to face. Yet Jesus is the only One who can direct us safely through this life by directing us to the Father. He is the One who knows which way we are to turn.

But we must learn to trust Him. Not only when things are not going the right way, but trust Him always and in all things. We can’t see Him, but if we look, everything around us shows us His hands at work in everything. We may not know Him at first, but He knows us, and He wants us to know Him more than we realize.

We must make that choice to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. We must learn to trust Him to show us the way we are to go. Until we do, we are flying blind in this life.

The storms will continue to come. Even after we accept Jesus in our hearts, we sometimes still think we know the right way. But when we continue to put our trust in God’s promises, God’s Word, and God’s love, He will guide us safely through those storms. We may not be able to see everything around us, and those “clouds” may be gathering around us, but with God, we aren’t flying blind.

 

©2018  Charles A. Kalkomey

March 11, 2018

Got Your “Shot” of Jesus?

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.   John 14:6
Inoculation refers to the intentional introduction of a small portion of a form of an infectious disease into a person with the purpose of causing the body to produce antibodies to fight the disease. The concept is to cause the body to develop an immunity to the actual virus.

The process is thought to have started in China during the 10th century to fight small pox. The need to fight that disease continued as it spread across the world as man spread across the continents. The first recorded use of the practice in America was in 1721, when a prominent Boston minister finally convinced a physician to inoculate his two sons.

The practice continues today as we are all urged to get flu shots. A yellow fever vaccine is needed if you travel to Africa. There are meningitis vaccines and a vaccine for pneumonia. Polio has been eliminated through the polio vaccine, which some of us received in a sugar cube.

What we are missing is an inoculation from the evil of the world. But it’s not really missing, we just don’t let it work.
Jesus is that inoculation. Jesus is our vaccine against the evil. We let Jesus come into our lives and we begin to build some resistance, “antibodies” against the enemy; against Satan. But then something happens.
Why does the small pox vaccine work? Why does the polio vaccine work? It’s because our bodies were designed by the Maker. He made it possible for our bodies to build those necessary antibodies without us doing anything. It’s all programed into our DNA.

But many people get that “inoculation” of Jesus, of the truth, and it doesn’t do what it is supposed to do. The world around us appeals to our flesh, to our senses, to our eyes and ears, and we don’t allow for God’s Word to grow in us, to reveal the truth to us, to keep us on the right path. We become “weak” in fighting evil, we give in to the temptations of life, and we become spiritually dead.

Sometimes, something else happens. We get inoculated with Jesus and we catch the disease of religion. We develop a closed heart and mind as to what it means to develop a personal relationship with God, and we don’t ever find God’s plan for our lives.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Each of our lives depend on us repenting of our sins, turning away from the past, and turning to what God wants us to do. But we can’t do any of those by ourselves. We need Jesus. He must be Lord and Savior to us. We must trust in Him and turn our lives over to Him.

Without those vaccines, we are in danger of becoming ill and dying. Without Jesus, we are dead. Forever. For eternity. Have you received your “shot” of Jesus in your life?

2018 Charles A. Kalkomey
March 4, 2018