Tragedy struck on this day in 1983 when Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was shot down by a Russian MiG Fighter over the Sea of Japan. The airliner was en route to Seoul from New York City via Anchorage, Alaska. All 269 innocent lives were lost. The pilot would later be charged with the disaster for straying off-course, and into prohibited Russian airspace. Investigations revealed that the pilot was most likely completely unaware that he had veered off-course less than 2 degrees. Although not much initially, a two-degree error really adds up over a long distance. The really sad part was that the Russian fighter jet chased the airliner for some time. When it finally fired on the "target", the airliner had already crossed back into friendly airspace. Questions still surround the incident to this day.
How many times do we drift off-course while following Jesus? We can find ourselves wandering from His "friendly airspace", and crossing into the "Evil airspace" of Satan. Just a little mistake here and there can really add up over the long-term. Before we get shot down by Satan, we need to contact the control tower of Christ and get back on His course. Jesus is the never-changing God who completely and unconditionally loves us. He is willing to keep us on-course like a train on rails. Many times we drift away when we are not completely paying attention to Him. Today, let's make sure we are following Him exactly. Pray and ask God to keep you on-course for the duration of your "flight".
Psalm 91:11 says, "For He shall give angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all ways."
Father, please forgive us for drifting off-course. Help us to get right with You before disaster strikes. In Jesus name, Amen.