Many of you are making life-altering decisions in the face of unprecedented worldwide financial upheaval. There is a short window in which to decide on retirement, separation, or remaining at your airline (with an uncertainty of survival). You may be experiencing anxiety, worry, or even desperation, as changes like this were not in the picture as you were writing out those New Years’ resolutions.
None of this has taken our Lord by surprise, however. He has never said, “Wow, I didn’t expect that to happen,” or, “I wonder how this will turn out.” On the contrary, He has known the end from the beginning and everything in between. As sovereign God, He exists beyond merely having an awareness of something. He is fully involved in each aspect of creation, and specifically, our lives. R.C. Sproul has rightly stated, “If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.” So, since no maverick particles are wandering about and no rogue elements are flailing around, there’s no way you are outside of His loving plan and control.
Psalm 139:7-10 has been a FCAP favorite for years, as it speaks of ascending into the heavens. This ascent is familiar within our airline culture as we get a small glimpse of heaven as we cruise along at 38,000 feet. But it also speaks of descending into Sheol, which could likely be referencing death or the shadow of it. Most of all, it reminds Christians that, no matter where you go, the Spirit of God has hold of you, and despite where you may run, He’s leading you through both the joys and difficulties of life.
“7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.” (Psalm 139:7-10)
He promised His presence, whether we’re enjoying heavenly things, enduring hellish circumstances, or making difficult decisions. We can confidently stand on the promise in verse 10 as we trust His omnipotent work. He will fulfill His promise, guaranteed! (TCF)
This thought was written by Tim Files. Tim is an Aircraft Systems Analyst for Delta Air Lines in ATL. He also serves as Secretary-Treasurer of our FCAP Board of Directors.