September 11, 2001, our country was shaken, at 8:45 a.m. four coordinated terrorist attacks hit four distinct landmarks in the United States. This event killed over 2, 996 people, 343 of whom were firefighters!
Lets go back in time a little shall we? In Germany, January 30, 1933, a revolution was led by a man named Adolf Hitler. This revolution lasted until May 8, 1945 and over six- million Jews were killed, and even some people who were not Jews were killed because they cared for the Jewish community.
Let’s go back just a little more, 2,000 years before Christ, a man named Abraham was promised by God, that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars. God promised Abraham a son to continue his family line, Abraham didn’t live to see this promise come into fruition.
All of these events had a big impact on the world. For every single event, there were people asking the same question, “Where is God?” Hard times like those can make people question the goodness, and existence of God. Whenever something bad happens, the first reaction of most people seems to be to attack God and question Him. This is one of satan’s most successful tactics,he believes that people will blame God for what’s going on, and tells them that if God was really good He wouldn’t have let those things happen.
The amazing thing that people seem to overlook is that God still works in those situations, He doesn’t just leave us to handle our problems like the gods in Greek mythology did. God is not “sitting” in heaven, allowing bad things to happen to His children. As I previously stated, the God of the Bible is a God of justice. All good things come from God, if it is not good, it is not from God.
You gave your good spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. -Nehemiah 9:20
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. -1 Timothy 4:4-5
God creates and gives life, and it is good, satan is what causes it to be bad. Osama Bin Laden was shot and killed in 2011. He had been the one to lead al-qaeda and encourage their actions. The vindication for all those people no longer on the earth, finally came. We learned how to have better security and grew to better understand that culture and why they did what they did. Though in some ways, that event devastated and set back the country, it also helped the United States to grow. God was still working, God still cared about everyone affected by that event.
When others talk about the Holocaust, it still seems so odd and shocking because the Jews were supposedly the “people of God”. The United states allied with other countries, helped to rescue and free the Jewish people, and thousands got away. Adolf Hitler committed suicide knowing he had been caught was going to be put to death anyway in prison, God provided a vindication for those people as well. Many people hid Jews in their homes and saved them from being put into concentration camps. Many Jews relied on God, and in every report of being rescued, that I have read, that person thanks God. God was still there, helping people and loving people.
Abraham had a son named Isaac, and Isaac went on to have two sons, Esau and Jacob, Joseph was in Jacob’s family line. This is why the genealogies in the Bible are so important, they are not just historical records, they are ways that we can see the promises of God being fulfilled. Abraham didn’t see all his children, but through his family line, God kept his promise to him.
When God made His promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for Him to swear by, He swore by Himself, saying,
“I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. – Hebrews 6: 13-15
God doesn’t leave us, He loves us more than we know, through the Bible, He never broke a single promise. In our lives, smaller events happen that can affect us the way that these larger events affected different countries. Loved ones dying from cancer, relationships being broken, things not going right, all of these can make us attack and blame God. Even if you don’t blame or attack God, you could be like me, and just not talk to Him. We have to lean on God even more in those times, Job had it worse than any of us do. Despite all of the bad things that happened to Job, he remained faithful to God and loved God, even when his friends were using God against him.
It’s easy to feel bad about ourselves and ask God why something isn’t going the way we want it to, it is easy to become self- centered, but we have to remember that God is the God of justice, love, and mercy. He will not ever leave our sides. He is with us always. Today, if there is something going on in your life, and you just feel like the water is up to your neck and its getting hard to breathe, that God is still with you. He won’t let you drown, He has something great in store for you, He has something wonderful for you, just lean on Him and listen for Him.
“9/11 Attacks.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. web. 14 Nov. 2014
“The Holocaust.” History.com. A&E Television Netowrks, n.d. web. 14 Nov, 2014