A Safe Place to Land


“’I’m in a desperate situation!’ David replied to Gad. ‘But let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for His mercy is very great. Do not let me fall into human hands.’”  — 1 Chronicles 21:13

With both engines out, a cool-headed pilot maneuvered his crowded jetliner over New York City and ditched it in the frigid Hudson River.  All 155 on board were pulled to safety as the plane slowly sank. It was, as one government official said, “a miracle on the Hudson.” One victim suffered two broken legs, but there were no other reports of serious injuries.

The plane, a US Airways Airbus A320 bound for Charlotte, N.C., struck a flock of birds during takeoff minutes earlier at LaGuardia Airport and was submerged up to its windows in the river by the time rescuers arrived in Coast Guard vessels and ferries. Some passengers waded in water up to their knees, standing on the wing of the plane and waiting for help.

The pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of Danville, California was lauded as a hero. One of the passengers described Sully as a phenomenal pilot. He said. “He landed it — I tell you what — the impact wasn’t a whole lot more than a rear-end (collision). It threw you into the seat ahead of you. It was amazing! Both engines cut out and he actually floated it into the river.”

Another passenger described the incident this way: “It was intense. It was intense. You’ve got to give it to the pilot.” It was clear that the quick thinking and good judgment of the Sully Sullenberger had saved lives that day.

David, in 1 Chronicles 21, was in the midst of a plane wreck, so to speak. He had numbered the children of Israel, against the wishes of God, and now was set to face judgment for his sin. He needed a safe place to land!

In the midst of his sin, David knew that the safest place to fall was into the hands of God. Oh, that we would re-learn that truth for our time and our nation.

In the State of the Union address last night, there was no mention of God. There was no statement of our country’s need or dependence upon Him. There was no acknowledgment of His blessings; only a self-sufficient, independent attitude recounting man’s efforts and answers for the challenges and problems we face. We are experiencing a plane wreck.

We must cry out to God for a safe place to land. It is time for a hero to step up and deliver us from impending disaster! Jesus Christ is the only one who can accomplish this. We must “fall into His hands.”

I urge you to seek the Lord with all your heart for our nation, our people, our churches, and for your own individual life.  We are just moments from impact. I will fall into the hands of God…

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