By Pastor Rod LaFee
Flying an airplane in the clouds is probable one of the best faith testers you can ever experience. When you look outside all you see is white yet you look at the instruments and it tells you are flying through the air. You look at the airspeed indicator and it says you are traveling at 110 knots or around 120 miles per hour, yet I look out the window and nothing is moving.
You get the feeling you could open the door and just step out. You look at other instruments that tell you if you are flying level or going the direction you want to go. Yet if you put the airplane into a turn you feel nothing. You get the impression you are just standing still. Many times your senses will start to take over and you get the impression you are not level when you actually are and then you attempt to fly the airplane according to your senses and everything feels good but in reality you are about to crash the plane. The instruments tell you things are wrong but you believe the instruments are lying to you. This is how many new pilots get killed. You have to believe your instruments even when you senses tell you different. That is what we call faith. Only by practice are you able to learn how to fly in the clouds. The same is true in our faith with Jesus. We have to forget about what the world is telling us and listen to what God is telling us. What is probable the most amazing part of flying in the clouds is when your instruments indicate you have reached your destination. You descend out of the clouds into a completely different world than what you remembered. Faith is a very powerful tool. (1 John 5:4-5) “ 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” Our faith provides us the strength to go on each day, the courage to stand up to wrong in the world, to allow our Heavenly Father to guide our lives and know the provisions for our lives are being taken care of. Hebrew 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” By faith we believe we are born into eternal life and are forgive of our sins. By faith we can understand the mysteries of creation, we understand what God’s Word, the Bible, tells what the future has in store for us, and we can enter in God’s rest. You see, in those clouds, you have no sense of what is passing underneath your feet. All, you hear is the gently noise of the engine telling you all is well. There is a story in 2 Kings Chapter 6 in which the prophet Elisha and his servant step out of the town they had spent the night at only to find they are surrounded by a vast army of Syrian soldiers. Some estimate the number as high as 100,000. The servant looked at his master and said, “Alas,my master! What shall we do?” Elisha answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” The servant was stunned, so Elisha asked God to open the eyes of his servant and it says “And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” That day Elisha defeated the whole Syrian army and not even lifted a sword in defense. God blinded the eyes of the Syrian army and Elisha lead them away. The Syrian King never did try to capture Elisha every again. In our scripture today we learned when we put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, we find the key to victory. I John 5:4 “… And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” As we came out of the clouds that day we found we were between two mountain ranges and the airport was right in front of us. If we had strayed to either the right or the left by just a couple of miles we would have crashed. You see we trusted the instruments.