“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.”
Proverbs 10:25 (NIV)
Last week when my family flew to Seattle, we had a smooth flight and everything was easy – the shuttle arrived in mere minutes, security check went quickly, our flight was on time, the weather was good, and our luggage made it safely to the Seattle airport. It really could not have been smoother.
Our flight home, however, was a little tougher. While airport check in went well and the flight was on time, we arrived home at midnight in a storm in Nashville. Our runway was changed and the pilot had to circle around a few times before attempting to land. Lightning flashed brightly around us, and turbulence was heavy as we descended into the clouds.
Needless to say, it was a bit harrowing as we made our way down closer and closer to the runway. Everyone on the plane trusted the pilot to get us home, and the minute we landed, perfectly I might add, everyone breathed a sigh of relief and applauded our pilot who did such an amazing job in an uncertain situation.
This experience made me think – like the passengers on the plane did for the pilot, do we applaud God when he guides us safely through the storms in our lives? It’s easy to be tempted to take the credit for ourselves or to give it to someone, or something, else other than God. But Psalm 115:1 tells us, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory because of your love and faithfulness.” (NIV) God is the giver of all good things (James 1:17) and we should thank him and acknowledge him for the things he has done for us.
Even more, do we remember that God should be our pilot in life? Proverbs 10:25 reminds us that the righteous – those who stand firm in God – will make it through times of trouble. The name of the Lord is our strong tower, our place of refuge, in times of crisis (Proverbs 18:10). To put our trust in him means:
We believe what God says. (Proverbs 30:5)
We submit to what God says. (Job 22:21-22)
We patiently wait on God to answer. (Micah 7:7)
Put your full trust in God when the storms of life come. He is your safe landing.