Years ago, a former airplane pilot told me a story about his training. He explained how one day he was up flying with his instructor sitting in the copilot seat. The horizon looked slanted, so he began to bank right to keep the plane level.
After a short time his instructor asked, “What are you doing?”
“I’m keeping the plane level.”
“Does your instrument panel say you are level?” inquired the instructor.
“No, but if I fly level according to the instruments, the ground is slanted.”
The instructor calmly asked, “Did you calibrate your instruments before you took off?”
“Yes,” replied my pilot friend.
“Then trust your instruments,” advised the instructor.
We do not have an instrument panel to give us guidance in life, but we do have God’s word in the Bible. Just as a pilot should calibrate his instrument panel before every flight, we should regularly recalibrate our lives by spending time in God’s word.
There will be times when thing seem wrong as we travel through life. We will be tempted in times like this to look at the world around us and adjust according to what we see. In doing so, we risk becoming crooked ourselves.
Do not look at the world when you need to adjust. Look at the control panel. Look at God’s word and let Him instruct you. Keep your life calibrated to the truth.