God, Technology, and a Missing Malaysian Plane?


What can we say about the missing Malaysian plane, Flight 370? What can we say about the passengers who are consequently missing and who seemingly had little or nothing to do with the flight’s disappearance? In a recent article, CBS has gone so far here as to say that it may never be found. Ultimately, we may never know . . . although I have a sneaky suspicion something will come out eventually.

But with all of the technology in place, radars and satellites that are supposed to ensure that such events don’t occur, it sure does seem like it happened easily and with little effort.

This brings me to my point. This is not the case with God. He is everywhere (Psalm 139:7-8). His knowledge is infinite (Psalm 147:5). He knows how many hairs are on our heads (Matthew 10:30). He doesn’t lose anything, certainly not sight of His creation (Psalm 33:13).

To add to the issue, there is now evidence that the pilot of Flight 370 deleted data from his flight simulator. Although he hasn’t been charged with anything, that’s suspicious behavior if nothing else. But to compare that to God’s position, there is no “deleting” the past — it can only be forgiven. “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25). That’s God’s position, His promise to everyone who trusts Him. We don’t have to delete what’s been forgiven. We can live openly and lovingly, knowing that our lives have been covered by a watchful and caring God.




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