Sitting in the copilot’s seat, Hannah held the control wheel of the Skyhawk. She loved flying with her dad, who sometimes let her steer the small plane. “Try keeping us straight and level without looking outside,” he challenged. Closing her eyes, Hannah giggled. “Okay.” Her sense of balance told her she was on course.
But when her dad said, “Open your eyes,” she saw she was banking left and diving toward the ground! As she leveled the plane, he said, “Now watch the attitude indicator. It shows the plane’s attitude, or position, in the sky.” He tapped an instrument on the dashboard. It had two short lines representing the airplane’s wings, and a longer line representing the horizon. Hannah stared at it, making sure the “wings” didn’t tip right or left or move up or down. When she looked up, the plane was flying perfectly.
If you trust your senses to tell you what’s right and wrong, you’ll make bad choices and get into trouble. (See Proverbs 14:12) God’s commands are like an attitude indicator. They keep you flying safe and headed in the right direction.
Bible verse: This command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life. – Proverbs 6:23
Life in Bible Times: During the time of the judges, the Israelites did whatever seemed best to them. That kept getting them off track. They were following their own feelings instead of obeying God’s commands. (See Judges 21:25.)