Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence. Jeremiah 48:13
It was time to fly home yesterday after a lovely visit in Loma Linda with Eric and Lindsay, my son and daughter-in-law. Though I loved my time in California with family, I was ready to go home on a 3:30pm flight through Portland that would land in Pasco, Washington at 8:30pm. This gave me plenty of time to read, contemplate, blog, and find a restaurant that would serve healthy food before the departure time. All of those things happened before I found myself standing in front of the airport reader board to find the gate for my 3:30pm flight. I found Portland on the board, which was listed twice. But neither flight to Portland left at 3:30pm. I checked the flight number on my boarding pass which had been loaded onto my phone the night before when I checked in. I confirmed the flight number, but what I read on the reader board gave me pause. Flight 585 to Portland had left on time… at 1:30pm. I looked at my boarding pass again, and there was the departure time in plain English, 1:30pm. How had I missed it? How could I have mistaken the arrival time in Portland for the departure time in California?
In order to get home in time for Pam to work today, I had to purchase two tickets to Portland, rent a car at the Portland airport, and drive home. We arrived home at 1:38am. What should have been a leisurely trip home became an exhausting trip because I did not recheck the departure time. I was so certain of the departure time that I gave no thought to even look at the printed itinerary in my briefcase or the boarding passes on my phone. After all, I “knew” when the flight departed.
In Jeremiah 48:13, God is giving a message about Moab to Jeremiah. The Moabites, like the Israelites on their exodus from Egypt, had constructed idols with their own hands and would find themselves ashamed of those idols when those very idols fail them. We construct idols with our own hands and from our own understanding today. We do this every time we are sure of our abilities and understanding to make choices in life without consulting God. But living like that is the same as showing up to the airport late for a flight because you “know” when it departs.
The fact remains that we need to check with God. Idols we construct are worthless and bring heartache and shame in the end. Today, some of our most revered idols are material things (made with our own hands) and knowledge (made with our own minds). Yesterday was a reminder to me that I need check with God before I travel on life’s pathway just as I need to check the printed itinerary before I travel by air to any destination.
When you accept the gift of salvation, your boarding pass for the heavenly destination is printed out and sent to your heart phone. Consult the itinerary before you leave your house each day. I would have saved myself $900.00 of savings, 5 hours of time, and loads of frustration. But that is nothing to the savings we will gain when we consult God’s itinerary for our lives each day.
Have you checked your heavenly app on your heart phone today? Do you know what time God’s flight is departing for your adventure with Him? Are you making choices with your own hands and your own mind, or will you seek God’s hands and mind as you travel through life?