The tragic and horrifying events of
How could this happen? This world is full of evil. Our enemy, Satan, is always looking for opportunities. And he never hesitates to use them, either. No doubt, one of his favorites things is the opportunity to use someone who is full of hatred and rage. Add some pilot training, some financial support and a few plane tickets. Voilé! Major disaster. But the same thing is true of any other terrible occurrence in any of our lives. It doesn't have to be a major disaster of global proportions. Satan will use any opportunity he can. These bad things don't come from God, but sometimes He does allow them to happen.
Why would God let this happen? There are probably many reasons why God allowed the tragedy of September 11, 2001 to occur, but three come quickly to my mind:
1) Good things often do happen to good people, and
God uses those events to strengthen His followers. (See
2) As a whole, the United States has turned away
from God, and as He warned in His Word, disaster and ruin are the consequences
of forgetting Him. (See
3)These events are to serve as a wake-up call for
America so that we can again turn to God. And I believe God allowed the
forces of evil to deliver this blow on a day with a significant date for
Americans. It occurred on September 11 or 9-1-1, the number most Americans
recognize as the telephone number for emergency assistance. Can you not
imagine God saying to us, "The enemy is attacking you. You need help. Call
9-1-1. Just whom will you call?" (See
What can be done now? Think back to these events as you witnessed them for the first time. For most of us, it was via television, as we sat with our eyes glued to the screen and with our mouths gaping open in disbelief. What were your first thoughts upon viewing this unprecedented attack? Be honest with yourself. Were your first thoughts of our almighty God?
On recorded media, I have now heard the responses
of several people unfortunate enough to be near the World Trade Center
towers that fateful day as they watched the second plane smash into the
second tower and as they watched the towers crumble to the ground from
a safe distance. Over and over, as the news media plays those tapes, I
hear fellow Americans say,
When faced with a crisis of your own, do you place
your trust in God first? Or is He your second, third, or last resort?
When you have smaller troubles in your everyday life, do you depend upon
God first? Or do you tell your troubles to your spouse, friends,
co-workers, or whoever will listen and only turn to God later, after dealing
with the situation yourself in your own way?
Call it 9-1-1, call it prayer, or call it relying
upon God's constant presence in the lives of His followers. Call it whatever
you like. But don't forget God. Call upon Him first, no matter whether
your needs are great or small, whether in time of distress or peace. We
must not only seek Him in times of distress, either. We must seek God always.
That's what each of us must do. Everything good is from God (
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