God is something of a historian. He points out events from which we need to learn lessons. We do the same thing as individuals and as nations. Every time an airplane crashes, we study it to find the cause and come up with some way to prevent it happening again. But, being human, we still find ways to mess up.
All modern jetliners have as many as five gyroscopes that tell the pilots where the plane is relative to level flight. There was a plane that crashed in South America a few years ago because the pilots followed one instrument, ignoring the other four that indicated they were gradually rolling over. Flying in clouds at night over unlit jungles, they had no other reference. The plane tore apart when it turned upside down. The pilots did not follow proper Instrument Flight Rules, IFR.
We all live in a world that requires IFR. We cannot see where we are going, which means we need external guidance. Far too many people choose to ignore the guidance and crash one way or another. If we can keep our focus on God, we can sail through the darkness without fear.
If. Those two letters describe our biggest problem as Christians. There are millions of distractions, millions of other suggestions from people about how to get through life. We can receive years of instructions on flying through the darkness, and still forget the lessons at the worst possible times.
One of the blogs I follow is by Jayson D. Bradley who wrote Jesus in the Desert: My Complete Fear of Silence. The premise is that Jesus had to escape the noise that is daily life, even in the first century, so he could focus on God while the Liar tried to win him over. Throughout his ministry, Jesus was able to get away from all the people, even the Twelve, and quietly listen for the voice of God.
We are not very good about doing that. Like Moses, we watch the sheep instead of listening for the great I Am. God had to get his attention by having an angel appear like fire in a bush.
Paul reminded the church at Corinth that the people who did agree to follow Moses, were not very successful at staying the course. Even Moses lost his direction a time or two.
Paul goes on to remind the church that we can learn from their mistakes. These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, or worship idols as some of them did. NLT
The reading from Luke is most important. Just then, some people came to tell Yeshua about the men from the Galil whom Pilate had slaughtered even while they were slaughtering animals for sacrifice. CJB Notice the response of Jesus. Are you thinking that these Galileans were worse sinners than any other men of Galilee because this happened to them? Phillips The story from the people was a political story. Pilate did this, what do you think we should do in return? But Jesus did not come to the world to solve political problems, he came so that we could be saved from the consequences of our sins, political or otherwise. You will all die just as miserable a death unless your hearts are changed! Phillips
There is nothing in this world that can save us. We will sin, we will die. No presidential candidate can change that, nor can he or she do anything about our sins. When we are flying through the night, we must not look away from the one Instrument that can guide us.
Be righteous and do good.