Robert Kupferschmid, 81, had no flying experience. In an emergency, however, he learned quickly how to land a plane.

Robert and his 52-year-old pilot friend, Wesley Sickle, were flying from Indianapolis to Muncie, Indiana, in June, 1998. During the flight, Wesley slumped over the controls. He was dead. The Cessna 172 single-engine plane began to nosedive and Robert grabbed the controls. He got on the radio and pleaded for help.

Nearby were two pilots who heard the call. Mount Comfort was the closest airport, and the two pilots gave Robert a steady stream of instructions in climbing, steering, and—the scariest part—landing. The two experienced pilots circled the runway three times before this somewhat frantic and totally inexperienced pilot was ready to attempt the landing.

Emergency vehicles were called out for what seemed like an approaching disaster. Witnesses said the plane’s nose nudged the centerline and bounced a few times before the plane landed. The Cessna ended up in a patch of soggy grass next to the runway. Amazingly, the stand-in pilot was not injured. 

This pilot listened and followed instructions as if his life depended on it—because it did. Imagine what would take place in the lives of believers if we listened to and obeyed the Word of God with the same earnestness. We would avoid many pitfalls and snares of the devil because our focus would be on the right thing.

Decide today to follow God’s Word in everything you do. The quality of your life depends on it.

Many people use religion like a bus. They ride it only when it goes their way. – Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder