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Instincts

June 30, 2017

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." Psalm 32:8

Flying into a storm is a dangerous experience. The temptation is to fly by your instincts, or, as aviators say, “by the seat of your pants.” But as any pilot will tell you, that’s a prescription for disaster. If you rely on your feelings and instincts, you become disoriented, thinking the plane is going up when it’s actually going down. Thankfully, the instrument panel is set to magnetic north and can be trusted every time. Letting your instruments guide you, even when it feels like they’re wrong, helps ensure safety in the storm.

We all face storms that threaten to confuse and disorient us. It may be a call from the doctor’s office, a friend who has betrayed you, or a shattered dream. Those are the times to be especially careful. When you are blinded by life’s disappointments, don’t trust your instincts. Flying by the seat of your pants in the storms of life can lead to despair, confusion, and vengeful responses that make matters worse. God wants to guide you, and His Word is packed with wisdom and insights for living. His “Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105). Where He leads is always right!

Go to your Bible, and trust God to guide you. He promises, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” (Ps. 32:8).

The God who governs galaxies
And makes the thunder roar,
Gently guides my little craft
With safety to the shore. —Berg

The closer we walk with God, the clearer we see His guidance.