to glorify God... one thought at a time

to glorify God... one thought at a time

Friday, September 7, 2012

How do you see God?

How do you see God?  Do you see Him as an angry father who's desire is to punish you?  Do you see Him as a busy man who doesn't have time for your daily life?  Besides He as too much to do than to worry about where you should work or who you should date right?  Do you see Him as the big lever puller in the sky?  It's amazing, as I ask many people who God is, the answer doesn't always seem the same.

Our opinions tend to hinge on life experiences mixed with learned views.   But if you read the bible, you will see that God is constant.  He is Love.  He cares about our every need and want.  He guides us through this life and is listening and waiting to commune with us.

This devotion from Max Lucado depicts a wonderful view of our God. Viewing Him as the pilot of our lives, flying us through this world whether we acknowledge Him or not, He is in control.  Enjoy and be blessed.

To Know the Heart of the Pilot
Max Lucado

Three passengers share a row of seats in an airplane. As the plane is taxiing for takeoff, their conversation turns to the topic of the airplane pilot.

Stunningly, passenger “A” doesn’t believe one exists. “No one flies the plane. We are guided by a computer system in the terminal. This plane is an occupied drone.  Why should I believe otherwise? The cockpit door is closed. Who can know? There is no pilot.”

Passenger “B” disagrees. “Oh, there is a pilot. Someone sits at the controls of the plane. But, once we take off, he takes a nap. He gets the plane in the air and then goes to sleep.”

The third passenger is shocked by what she hears. “You don’t know what you are talking about. First, there is a pilot. Second, the pilot is alert, competent and kind. I know; he is my husband. He is seasoned and sensitive and has every intention of a successful flight. We are in good hands.”

Three passengers. Three opinions. A plane with no pilot. A plane with a disengaged pilot. A plane with a seasoned and concerned pilot. Fast forward a few minutes. Turbulence shakes the plane like popcorn in a paper bag. Will the three passengers experience the flight in the same way? Of the three travelers, which is most prone to stay calm?

Nothing is more important than the right view of God. Nothing. I’ve seen the wealthy and highly educated crumple like cowards at the face of death. I’ve seen the simple and humble take their final breath with a smile and a song. The difference? They knew the Pilot.

You need to know the heart of the pilot. That is why the story of Jesus is in the Bible. He is the only picture of God ever taken. To know Jesus, is to know God. To know God is to know: this flight gets bumpy, but the Pilot? He knows how to get us home.