Devotions By Jan

The Cockpit

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Boys in cockpit13335727_10157005095050254_8413032313725869777_nScripture for Today: Proverbs 4:11 “I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.”

It was an exciting moment for our two grandsons to be invited into the cockpit of the plane!  How sweet of these pilots to take the time and even let little William wear the hat!  That cockpit is usually off-limits and a bit of a mystery.  What actually goes on there is often surmised from television and film.  Yet, every time I board a plane, I am trusting that the pilots have a competent control of the plane.  I am trusting their instruments and education to lead me safely to the right destination.

The verse for today gives me that same kind of confidence.  I am trusting that following the way of wisdom will lead me to where I want to be.  The way of wisdom is quite simply following God’s way rather than our own.  Obedience to God’s timeless precepts and commands is wise, allowing us to avoid all kinds of pitfalls, pain, and detours.  Wisdom comes from fearing God enough to take Him at His word (Prov. 9:10).

The Lord does not often invite me into the cockpit.  He wants me to live by faith rather than by the sight of all those controls and gauges (II Cor. 5:7).  He knows what He is doing in my life even when I do not understand.  He asks me to trust Him.  He asks me to give over all the controls to Him.  He is leading me to the right destination.  He is leading me with His light and faithful care to His holy mountain, to where He is (Psalm 43:3).  What destination is more important than that?  I would rather trust Him than myself.

Thank you Lord, that Your control is completely trustworthy.

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