IMAGINE a small plane flying into difficult weather conditions. The pilot can no longer make out landmarks. Thick clouds envelop him. He cannot see beyond his windscreen, yet he feels sure that he can complete his journey safely. What is the reason for his confidence?
He has accurate instruments that enable him to fly through clouds and land in darkness. Along his route, especially near the airport, beacons guide him electronically, and he has radio contact with air-traffic controllers on the ground.
In a comparable way, we can face the future with confidence, even though world conditions get gloomier day by day. Our journey through this wicked system may be taking longer than some expected, but we can be confident that we are on course and on time. Why can we be so sure? Because we have guidance that enables us to detect what human vision cannot.
God’s Word is a ‘light to our roadway,’ and it is “trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise.” (Psalm 19:7; 119:105) Like beacons that indicate the pilot’s flight path, the Bible accurately outlines future events and gives us clear instructions in order to ensure that we arrive safely at our destination. To benefit from divine guidance, however, we must trust it.
In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul urged Jewish Christians to ‘make fast their hold on the confidence they had at the beginning firm to the end.’ (Hebrews 3:14) Trust may be shaken if our hold on it is not ‘made fast.’ So the question arises, How can we sustain our confidence in Jehovah firm to the end?