I recently listened to an amazing true-life testimony. Two lawyers were getting ready to fly out of Anchorage, Alaska on a commercial flight when a man volunteered to fly them out in his private plane. At first they were reluctant, but he persuaded them to let him fly them out. The man who gave the testimony said, from the time they boarded, he began to pray.
They taxied down the runway and ascended into the sky smoothly, reaching the desired flying altitude. Soon they were flying into heavy clouds. The pilot suddenly said to the man sitting beside him, “I can’t fly in clouds”, and passed out. One of the men got on the radio and said, “Help! Help!” A voice answered, asking what their problem was. It was a freighter plane close by. They told him their situation, and realized they were going to die.
The pilot radioed back to the control tower in Anchorage about their situation. Immediately, the men heard a voice in the cabin say, “You can’t see me, but I can see you; I have you on my radar. If you will listen to my voice and do exactly what I say, I will bring you safely back to Anchorage. Starting right now listen to the voice, because in about four minutes you’re going to slam into a mountain and die.
It began to storm and lightening was all around them. The voice said, “Don’t look out the windows, just listen to my voice. The air controller alerted all the other aircraft in the area and put them in a holding pattern. They had a wild and bumpy ride but soon they were approaching the runway. The controller told them, “I will get you down. As you approach the runway, you will see lights in the shape of a cross, keep your eyes on the cross and I will bring you in. He said they landed about six times (meaning it wasn’t exactly a smooth landing), but finally came to a stop safely.
The point of his testimony and it will be my point also is this: if you desire to land in heaven, you had better listen to the only voice that can guide you safely there. We don’t have to look far to find Jesus saying the same thing to us, that the air controller said to the two doomed passengers: “listen to my voice.”
Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes in Him Who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death unto life.” John 5:24 Those doomed to die, when they hear Jesus’ word and believe in the Father, are no longer on the path to destruction, but are made possessors of everlasting life, escaping the judgment to come.
Jesus has something else important to say about listening to His voice. He says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
How foolish and deadly it would have been for those two men had they listened but didn’t do what the voice said. There is a flood of voices screaming for our attention; but there is only one voice that will guide us safely home. That voice belongs to Jesus Christ and is found only in the Scriptures. We are assured of a safe landing if we keep our eyes on the cross and listen to His voice.
Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org