Trust Your Instruments. Trust God.

One can get easily disoriented at night. Pilots trust their instruments. We can trust God.

“Trust your instruments”

About 30 years ago I was a pilot.  A student pilot really.  While I had enough flight hours to get my license, college got in the way and I never obtained the ticket.  But I did get to experience many cool things most pilots experience at least one time or another. Soloing.  Taking off and landing in front of, and behind, jumbo jets in a little single engine prop.  Stalling. Flying without power.  And even vertigo.

Yep, I was flying with my instructor on a night-time cross country flight just south of Indianapolis.  My head was buried in the dimly lit cockpit studying the sectional maps.  I looked up quickly to check my bearings and saw the bright red flashing lights of a TV tower.  It suddenly felt like we were heading in a nose down position racing toward what I thought were runway lights.  I panicked. “Helen!” I screamed at my instructor, “We’re going down!”

Cool headed  Helen told me to look at my instruments and to trust my instruments.  Meticulously, but quickly, she took me from left to right across the instrument panel.


“110 knots,” I replied with great fear.

“Trust your instruments. Attitude?”

“Straight and level,” I said with some surprise.


“3700 feet,” I answered looking out the window still seeing the red lights that were no longer there.  “Helen!”

“Trust your instruments.  Vertical Speed?”


“Zero. So we’re not going up or down? See? Trust your instruments.”

Something about hearing that phrase for the third time. It was then that I snapped out of the vertigo experience.

A pilot’s instruments are his foundation.  They measure and display exactly what is really happening with the aircraft.

For the believer, our relationship with God appropriately displays the reality of what is happening in our life.  Can we trust God?  Absolutely!

“In God We Trust”

It’s on every coin and every dollar in your pocket.  It’s an ever present reminder of trusting Him.

But can you really trust Him?  There’s all this bad stuff in the world… and God lets it happen… and we ask “Is He really trustworthy? Do I really need Him, anyway?”

Well, if Satan had his way, don’t you think the world would be even more chaotic than it is?  If you weren’t in fellowship with God regularly, can you imagine the depravity of your life?

God is good… and He is worthy of our praise and our trust. Webster’s defines trust as “a reliance on the integrity, strength, ability of someone.  A hope.  A confidence.” There is no one who possesses more integrity, strength, ability, or hope than God.

You can trust Him.

Psalm 9. Beginning with verse 7:

The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.

He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity. 

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Those who know your name trust in you for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

The Lord NEVER forsakes those who seek Him.  What do you need from Him today?  Seek Him.  You can trust Him.

© 2012. Rich Ronald.

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