Friday, August 30, 2013

Trusting Our Horizon Indicator

Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6)

AIRPLANES ARE EQUIPPED with an instrument called an artificial horizon indicator. Human senses may become confused in the foggy thickness of clouds, but the horizon indicator cannot be fooled. Following the indicator’s guidance, pilots keep their planes safe and on course.

This illustrates our natural wisdom compared with God’s heavenly wisdom. When Abram (later re-named Abraham) questioned God’s plan, it was like a pilot trying to fly his plane through a cloud bank while relying on himself instead of the flight instruments. Even though Abram had received an unconditional promise, he felt hopeless because God had still not given him an heir.

But Abram recovered almost as quickly as he wavered by focusing on the instrument panel, God’s word. He chose to receive the truths God spoke into his life. The history that followed has been amazing. We still reap the great reward of Abraham’s belief in God’s promises today. Thinking about this blasts me back to the past. During elementary Sunday School class we marched while singing, “Father Abraham had many sons, and many sons had Father Abraham, and I am one of them, and so are you, so let’s just praise the Lord!” We shouldn’t leave songs like this in our childhood. The great truths in them can correct our perspective and help us focus on our horizon indicator.

Dear Jesus,
Help me to follow Abram's example by choosing to believe, being set right with you, Lord. Amen!

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