Check the Instrument

Check the Instrument

I remember watching the news when it became public knowledge that John Kennedy Junior’s plane never arrived at the expected destination.  There were several people speculating on what may have happened.  One explanation was that John Jr. may have been flying by his feelings, rather than checking his instruments to see what they were saying.  The expert went on to explain that when flying, your equilibrium can easily get off balance.  It leaves you with the feeling that you are flying horizontally, when in reality, you can be nose diving straight for a crash.  You have to follow the instruments, not your feelings.

In a spiritual sense, we often do the same thing.  Our feelings are so real to us that it is easier to follow them instead of following the Lord, who we cannot see.  It is imperative that we learn to check our instrument – the Bible.

We have probably all fallen pretty to this mentality.  We may go shopping one day when our mental outlook may be obscured.  By refusing to check our instrument, our depressed frame of mind may lead us to think that we will feel better if we treat our self to something that is not in our budget.  We are trying to find satisfaction in things, rather than our Lord.

One time my husband and I were browsing at the mall.  Our browsing led us to make a very impulsive, and expensive, purchase.  We ended up coming home with a treadmill that quickly became an eyesore and a catch-all because we rarely used it.  Had we checked our instrument, we would have realized that we were not being disciplined or prudent in our purchase. (Proverbs 1:3)

Have you ever quickly become friends with someone, only to find out the person is a manipulator, using anyone she can to fulfill her own desires?  If we check our instrument, we would see that we are wise when we are cautious in friendship. (Proverbs 12:26)

We live in a society that seems to feel that disciplining a child is wrong.  They feel like it is better to try and reason with a child, or just let them go their own way.  Sometimes people fear that they will destroy the child’s psyche.  Yet loving discipline helps to build their psyche. (Proverbs 23:13) If they would have taken the time to check their instrument, they would have seen that foolishness is bound in a child’s heart, so we must use a rod of discipline to drive it out from him. (Proverbs 22:15)

When going through trials, it is especially easy to be swayed by our emotions.  A trial takes us out of our beloved comfort zone, so our flesh is screaming to find its way back to peace and comfort.  Yet, our instrument tells us that God can work all things together for our good. (Romans 8:28) When we trust our instrument guide, even in the worst of trials, we can learn to wait in expectation to see how God will use this troublesome time to help us mature, learn, and develop a deeper trust in Him. (Psalm 5:3)

How are your instruments?

© 2006, Stacy R. Miller

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ann "afriend4ever54" Friend
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 16:41:38

    Very nice blog! Thank you for visiting mentioning my Path post. Be blessed (smile)


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