The Stranger In The Cockpit!
It is impossible to please God without faith
One day I boarded an airplane to fly from one coast of America to the other.
Suddenly, a stranger I had never seen before, and whose name I did not know, boarded the plane, entered the captain's cabin and seated himself at the controls.
A short time later, the aircraft began to move, and soon, by some means which I do not understand, it left the
ground. My very life depended on that pilot and that plane. Hours later, we touched down in Los Angeles.
Not once during our flight did it occur to me to question the man in the cockpit. I never even thought to ask for
his identification and pilot's license to prove that he was capable of flying that plane.
Not once did it occur to me to try to check the maintenance records of the airplane, or the latest government certifications to see if it was airworthy and safe.
I trusted the pilot, the airline and the airplane. The reason I trusted them is that with few exceptions they have proven trustworthy in the past.
Every day, in hundreds of similar situations, Christians
and non-Christians alike exercise faith without thinking twice. We eat in restaurants, believing the food has not been poisoned. We drop off deposits at the bank, without ever seeing where the money is stored. We go up in elevators, trusting it will not fall back down.
If we have such unquestioning faith in our fellow human beings, who sometimes do fail, how much more should we put all of our faith in God, our loving heavenly Father, whose character and capabilities are beyond question?
In Hebrews 11:6
, God's Word tells us, "It is impossible to please God without faith" (NLT). He wants us to trust Him and His Word even more than we trust pilots, airplanes and restaurants. He wants us to take Him at His word.
Not to trust God is the same as treating Him as a liar. That is not a good idea. The Bible
says, "God is not a man, that he should lie" (Numbers 23:19, NLT).
God is so totally trustworthy that we can trust Him with our lives in this world and the next.
"He always does just what he says, and he is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" (1 Corinthians 1:9, NLT).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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