Today as we remember the victims of the terror attack of September 11th, 2001 we are also reminded that God is Sovereign and we need to trust Him in all things. The information for devotions was all shared from a Chuck Swindoll sermon in 2011 you can listen to by visiting www.insight.org.
Part 1: Scripture
We looked at King David and how he went through terrible times. So tough, that he and others wept for so long and so hard, they couldn’t weep anymore. But then he praises God and says he will trust God. God’s response is beautiful:
Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will delivery him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Part 2: 9/11 remembered
We looked at the minute-by-minute tragic events of 9/11/2001. 4 planes took off within 12 minutes of each other. All ended up being hijacked with innocent people in multiple cities being the target of their assault against us. All crashed, killing 228 passengers, 8 pilots, and 25 flight attendants as well as over 2,700 civilians at the crash sites. A total of 2,976 innocent, defenseless, surprised, and escape-less people were murdered that day. The question is, where is God in a tragedy like this?
Part 3: What could have been
Swindoll emphasizes that there is no way to lessen the blow, no way to grieve enough for those who died and their families, no way to fully understand and cry enough for how much changed that day. But if we believe the Bible is true, then God was there. And he then talks about “what could have been”, and outlines that 80% of the seats on the planes were empty that day, 99.5% of the Pentagon people were not harmed, and over 95% of the people who are usually at the Twin Towers ended up not being killed. Out of the 75,000 people targeted by the terrorists, over 93% of them survived or weren’t injured at all.
God is in all things. His will is done. Even if it is painful. There is a purpose for it to glorify Him, and we are called to seek Him and love Him.