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 September 11th Posted on 9-10-2004
WOTR News Article It's been 3 years since the day that we'll never forget: September 11th 2001, a dreadful and almost unbelievable event.


Even as I look at the pictures now, I find it all strange and bewildering. What would drive people to commit such a violent act? Who would sacrifice their life for such a destructive and hateful cause? We know that sin is behind all acts of evil and violence. On that fateful morning, we received an "upclose and personal" view of what sin can do to our modern planet.

We live in dark and cruel world, though it does have it's bright moments, thanks to the light and love of God that brightens up our lives. People who don't believe in the Lord often try to make this world appear to be a "good" place, and mankind has done it's best to rid the world of villians and establish world peace, but all such efforts have fallen short. When September 11th 2001 apeared out of nowhere, we all were faced with the realities of planet earth. We saw that the our great enemy, not Osama, but the devil, is still using evil forces to accomplish his destructive plans.

The human race has built colossal structures dedicated to the exchange of money, but we know that these can't last forever; even if they aren't smashed down by terroists, they will eventually crumble to dust. We see that our trust cannot be placed upon the accomplishments and dreams of man. Only the eternal God can provide us with hope: the promise that Jesus will come again and bring us to a place that isn't stained by sin and evil, a place that isn't threatened by terroists, a place that doesn't crumble and errode away, a place free from pain and death, a place of peace where we will dwell with the Prince of Peace forever.

What were you doing on that day? Most of us will probably always remember where we were when we first saw or heard about the attack. The distress carried over into the evening as throngs of panicked people lined up at gas stations and gathered to watch the evening news, still shocked from the day's events.

Churches were suddenly a popular place to be and everyone was singing "God bless America". Whether it was genuine repentance or fear, people were suddenly motivated to come closer to God. If only they would have remained in that state of mind. According to the Christian Research Association: "While many turned to the churches immediately after the tragedy, there was no evidence of continued change in religiosity or church attendance." Isn't it sad that it takes a horrifc tragedy to wake people up? But yet time goes on, our world seems to be "normal" again, so why do we need God? Has the devil used this to make us even more drowsy than we were before?

At the time, I personally thought that this had to be the beginning of the end, and I think a lot of people around the world felt the same. And I'm sure that certain elements of 9-11 and it's results do have a part to play in the final events of planet earth. Take the Patriot Act and the increase in security for example: Because of the terroism, we have lost rights that would have never have been questioned otherwise. By 9-12-01, the governement had decided that a person can be tried and sentenced without ever being able to plead innocence, all for the sake of security. Is this just a coincidence? Will such a process as this be utilized by the Anitchrist power against those who stay true to Jesus? We already know that it will (Revelation 13).

Many have wondered: Where was God on Spetember 11th? We know where He was. The same place He always is: reaching down to help us even when we don't ask. At the time of the World Trade Center explosions, news reporters estimated that the death toll could be close to 50,000 people, yet under 3,000 people died. Yes, the loss of 3,000 lives is tragic, but it's a miracle compared to 50,000! There were only 266 people on those 4 planes, and yet they could have held 1000...

Why didn't the towers fall as soon as the planes smashed into them? Why did they implode instead of tipping over? Was God being merciful? I think so.

At the Pentagon, the explosion occured at a place in the structure that had been specifically modified to withstand this type of attack and the area was nearly unoccupied at the time of imapct. What a miracle of God!

And we know that God was hard at work in the hearts of those brave men and women who risked it all to save as many as they could. They were more concerned about the people in danger than they were about their own lives. Who put that inspiration in their minds? Our loving and compassionate Savior who laid down His life to save as many as would allow Him to.

Jesus promised in Matthew 28:20 "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world". He never promised that our lives would be free from trials and suffereing, but He did promise that He would be with us all the way! As the Man of Sorrows (Isaiah 53), He knows what it's like to suffer, and He is there in our time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).

We may feel overwhelmed with problems at times, but we can say with the apsotle Paul:
"We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed" (2 Corinthians 4:8-9) God knows that we are waek and He can give us the help we need, when we need it. And let's never forget the future that God has provide for us through His son Jesus:
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."(Revelation 21:3-4)

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