I boarded my flight and found my seat number, thankful that I was right behind first class with more leg room. I stowed my bag, fastened my seat belt, and retrieved my book for some quality reading time during the 2 ½ hour flight. Just as we were getting ready to take off a flight attendant spoke on the intercom giving everyone the traditional pre-flight instructions. I’m sure you’ve heard these instructions multitudes of times, haven’t you? They include warnings about exit strategies, proper air mask use, and the seats being used as floatation devices. As the flight attendant spoke and another one demonstrated the instructions I noticed no one was looking at her or even paying attention to what was being said. The guy next to me was looking at pictures on his I-phone. Another person was doing some last minute business on his laptop. Other people were looking through the magazines that are put in the seat back. The safety instructions are given just in case something happens. Most people ignore them.
As a sat on the plane that day I thought what would happen if the plane experienced an emergency. Perhaps the people on the flight would struggle to remember just how the lady told them to use the air mask. Perhaps they would try to find the card telling them where the exits are. It would be far better to be fully informed and instructed before an emergency occurs because it may be too late to prepare.
God has given us careful flight instructions on how to prepare for eternity. In His Word we learn that deliverance is promised from our certain crash. If we repent of our sins, and believe in His Son as our Savior, we are promised a safe and certain flight all the way to the Father’s House. Yet there are multitudes who ignore God’s instructions. They are not thinking about a crash, they are not prepared for eternity. Don’t be one of those
people. Pay attention to God’s flight instructions. Listen to Heb. 3:7,8: …today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…”.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation