Key Verse: Verse 12 – "And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;"
Key Words: How have I hated instruction
Oh how I hate to see these two words on Christmas gifts “Easy Assembly.” It’s probably not going to be easy. But in spite of my disdain, I am glad I do have some instructions to lead me through this “time of trials” in my life.
Robert Kupferschmid, an 81-year old man with no flying experience was flying with a 52-year old pilot friend in a Cessna 172 when the pilot suddenly slumped over and died at the controls. The single-engine plane began to nose-dive and Kupferschmid grabbed the controls. Somehow, he got on the radio and pleaded for help. Nearby were two pilots who heard the call, and gave Kupferschmid a steady stream of instructions for climbing, steering, and the scariest part: landing at a nearby airport. Emergency vehicles were called out and ready for what seemed like an approaching disaster. Witnesses said the plane’s nose nudged the center line and bounced a few times before the tail hit the ground. The Cessna ended up in a patch of soggy grass next to the runway. Amazingly, Kupferschmid was not injured. He listened and followed those instructions as if his life depended on it—and it did. And so it does!!
What to do:
✞ Remember, instructions are not always bad—most are for our benefit.
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