Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Gen. 15:6)

Airplanes are equipped with an instrument called an artificial horizon indicator. Human senses may become confused in the foggy thickness of clouds, but the horizon indicator cannot be fooled. Following the indicator’s guidance, pilots keep their planes safe and on course.

This illustrates our natural wisdom compared with God’s heavenly wisdom. Abram (later renamed Abraham) questioning God’s plan was like a pilot trying to fly his plane through a cloud bank while relying on himself instead of the flight instruments. Even though Abram had received an unconditional promise, he felt hopeless because God had still not given him an heir.

But Abram recovered almost as quickly as he wavered by focusing on the instrument panel, God’s promise. He chose to receive the truths God spoke into his life. The adventure that followed brought more to Abram than he had dreamed possible. We still reap the great reward of Abraham’s belief in God’s promises today—the gift of a Savior, Jesus Christ.

Follow Abram’s example today by choosing to believe, being set right with God.

Susan Browning Schulz is a wife and active mom of three grown children. She lives riverside in northwest Georgia and loves leading her small group.