“Wake up! A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center.”
Keith taught the night before, and we’d gone to bed around midnight.
Standing transfixed on the television, I’m weeping. He’s trying to make sense of what we’re seeing.
A second airplane crashed into the other Tower.
A third plane hit the Pentagon.
The fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
Nineteen terrorists attacked America that day, killing almost 3,000 souls from 78 countries.
Evil changed the United States of America and the world forever.
We will never forget 9/11.
Nineteen years later, a pandemic, devasting fires, catastrophic hurricanes, financial and job loss, rampant rage, violent riots, a cancel culture, and unprecedented immorality plague America.
We will never forget 2020!
America is at a turning point.
As in 9/11, many heroes are emerging. I wrote about a few of these heroes this week, “Selfless Heroes … God at Work.” Yet, there are many more: police, firefighters, paramedics, volunteers, neighbors, members of nonprofit organizations, and many more. They are focused on serving others.
In addition, there are some who are focused upon the many injustices and tragedies that we are facing. In short, we’re in the “Me Generation” and the “selfie” culture.
Christians are called to love God and others. Christians are called to an “other” focus, with a “God focus” first.
When we’re dealing with troubles, many Christians are directed to Psalm 91:1.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1-2
These verses show us where our focus and relationship need to be directed … dwelling with God in the secret or holy place. This is a place of continuous communion with God. It is a place in which our thoughts are focused upon God.
“Communion with God is safety. The more closely we cling to our Almighty Father the more confident may we be.” Charles SpurgeonTweet
After 9/11, many Americans turned to churches for comfort. Some committed their lives to follow Jesus. Gradually, some faded away. Some turned their focus away from God and onto the things of the world
Neither health nor money can fill the void that some are feeling. Only God can satisfy.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Seeking God. Focusing upward. Drawing near. Clinging to Him. That’s the key.
Father, we have sinned. Forgive us. Cause us to turn to You. America is in chaos. We need You, Lord God Almighty. Bring revival and an awakening. Cause us to focus on You and Your everlasting love and mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.