Pastor Keith Williams,
High Prairie Bethel Baptist Church
I was flying back from Ottawa several years ago. The takeoff was fine, the flight seemed to be going along just peachy for about two hours when we hit some turbulence. Things got a little tricky very quickly.
The fasten your seatbelt sign came on and within a few seconds there was this tremendous bang like we hit something. At the same time I looked out the window and saw the wings shake violently.
Now, I didn’t undo my seatbelt and run up to the cockpit and tell the pilot that maybe I should take over. We would all have been in a lot of trouble if I had done that!
I have flown enough to realize that when we land or take off there is often a short time when things aren’t as smooth as you like them to be, you know, especially if there is a strong wind at the time. But I have never gone up to the cockpit and suggested that I can do a better job myself.
In a way, that’s what we are doing with God all the time. We join a church, get baptized, we pray and worship the Lord, all good things that we ought to be doing.
But when things go south on us, when we hit a little turbulence, we want to run up to the Lord and say, “Let me take over, I can do things better myself.”
This is often why we struggle in our Christian walk. We’re not always ready to let God run our life for us, are we? Let’s be honest, we tend to think we can do a better job.
It comes down to this, whose wisdom are you going to rely on? Whether you are a seasoned saint or a new believer isn’t the point. The point is that it’s either got to be God’s wisdom or yours.
A.W. Tozer says, “It’s either God’s way or yours. All that you and I have lived for, hoped for and dreamed over in our heart of hearts – life, safety, happiness, heaven, immortality, the presence of God – hinges on whether you’re going to accept the ultimate wisdom of the Triune God, as revealed in the Scriptures and in His providential working in mankind. Or are you going to go your own way?”
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. Turning to our own way is the essence of sin. I turn to my way because I think it is wiser than God’s way…” [Isaiah 53:6]
I was coming back from Calgary one day and I was driving along at about 110-115 km/hr. In my rear view mirror I saw a car coming behind me and it was moving. It pulls up behind me then pulls out and goes tearing past. There was a woman driving this car, this lady passed me like I was standing still.
And as she passed me, I saw her bumper sticker. She had a big bumper sticker on the back of her car and it said, ‘God is my Co-pilot’.
Have you ever seen that sign, ‘God is my Co-pilot’? As she disappeared I wondered to myself if that woman wears that sign on her life like she wears it on her car, because I know a lot of Christians who do. They have a big sweatshirt that says ‘God is my Co-pilot’ and they are so proud of what their sweatshirt says.
The truth is God doesn’t want to be your co-pilot; He wants to be your pilot.
What does that mean, God is my co-pilot?
What that means is I am the pilot, I decide where I am going to go, I decide how fast I am going to go to get there, but I would never go on a trip without asking the Lord to come a long with me.
No, God doesn’t want to be your co-pilot, He wants to be your pilot. He doesn’t want you to include Him in your plans, He wants you to be included in His plan, and there lies all the difference in the world.