School began recently for me which has kept me pretty busy—along with all my other responsibilities.It’s been a while since I last posted on my blog, but I thought it would be appropriate to post some thoughts today, September 11, 2007.
Today marks the sixth year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the failed-attack of what many have said would have been the White House, Flight 93. While the world looks on these events with disbelief and total astonishment, the Christian, in the midst of the worst imaginable events, has a hope that surpasses all worldly wisdom. We trust in a sovereign God who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Ps. 121:4b). He is at work always. He is always in control.
The attacks that Tuesday morning shook the confidence of many that day which led to their repentance and trust in God. Churches were packed, the country was unified as I had never saw it before. Prayer was commonplace and the name of God was overheard constantly on the news. Today, it is a different story. Most of it was superficial and momentary; nonetheless, we have a hope firmly planted on the God of the Bible who works all things for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28).
Today is a day to remember God’s overwhelming mercy to a very heathen nation. The United States is not a Christian nation. We are not a “nation under God.” Yet, we as Christians, are:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Pet. 2:9, NIV).
We are the salt of the earth—the preserving agent in a perishing world. Today we remember the God who is bigger than all things and who is not surprised by any event. All things are for His glory and the human mind will never be able to fully grasp His intents behind world events—be they grandiose accomplishments or horrible catastrophes.
Soli Deo Gloria!
[Shortly after the attacks on 9/11, John MacArthur wrote an article on Grace to You website; read here]