Thursday, September 11, 2014

Where was God on 9/11?



September 11th always tugs at my heart strings.  I can remember exactly where I was when I began to realize what was happening in America.  My heart still breaks for all of those directly impacted by the sheer evilness.  I am certain it always will.


My family and I love New York City.  My husband and I lived on Long Island when our oldest was little.  We have fond memories of our visits to NYC and the people we met.  Our time there was prior to the attacks.  We were fortunate in that we were able to see the beauty of the Twin Towers.  We also stayed in the Marriot hotel that was connected to the towers.  I have memories of Jorden, then age 1, running around the fountain between the towers over and over and over again.  I can vividly picture the people sitting near the fountain eating their lunches.  The way they looked at our little one running around without a care in the world still puts a smile on my face and a tear in my heart.  I wonder, were those sweet faces lost on September 11th?


My heart not only aches for NYC, but for those at the Pentagon, in Pennsylvania, and the people on the planes.  So, so many people....


This past summer, we traveled to NYC and Washington, D.C.  We visited the memorial museum in NYC and the memorial at the Pentagon.  So, so many people...


The question I have heard numerous times is...Where was God when this evil was overtaking our country?



He was waiting for His people to call on Him, to realize that He is desperately needed.


Let me put this out there right now.  I do not believe that the people killed on 9/11 deserved it.  In no way do I believe that they should have died.  It is absolutely devastating and heart breaking.  They just happened to be where evil struck.


I believe with all of my heart that Jesus was with the victims.  I know He was devastated to see evil.  John 11:35 states that Jesus wept as Mary poured her heart out to Him about Lazarus's death.  I believe Jesus wept on September 11th, too.  How could He not have??  His children were experiencing horror, terror, death, and devastation. 


So, again we ask...Where was God?  How could He have allowed this to happen??


God is being pushed out of our country.  He hears the message loud and clear...You are not wanted or needed here.


America has-
  • Taken prayer out of school and any schooling event.
  • Said it is ok to kill innocent babies.
  • Changed God's definition of marriage.
  • Decided that hooking up is acceptable and the right thing to do.  (Hooking up-having sex with anyone and everyone.)
  • Decided that it is perfectly acceptable to be entertained by things that break God's heart.


God is love-total and uninhibited love.  However, He is not pushy.  He gave His children free will.  He does not want us to love Him because He forces us to.  He wants us to love Him because we want to, because we know with all of our hearts that He is our Savior and we desperately need Him. 

God is not a Jeanie in a bottle that is taken out when people need something.  We cannot put Him in a neat and tidy box that fits nicely with our lives.  He is not here to serve us.  Rather, we should be serving Him with reverence and pure love.


Deuteronomy 11:26-28...Look, today I set before you a blessing and a curse:  there will be a blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God I am giving you today, and a curse if you do not obey the commands of the Lord your God and turn aside from the path I command you today by following other gods you have not known.

As a country, we are not choosing God.  Sadly, He has been pushed aside.  It is time to drop to our knees in prayer for our country.  We must pray diligently for hearts to return to God.  We must pray for hearts to break over things that don't honor Him.  We can no longer live in our quiet suburban neighborhoods and think it is the government's job to protect us.  We have to stand for God and for His ways.  We can no longer turn a blind eye to His ways and be complacent with what is happening in our country.


So the question to me is not where was God on 9/11, but where were we as a country?

5 comments:

  1. Exactly! This is exactly how I feel too! See why I miss you when you don't blog? I had debated writing another 9/11 post as I have done in the past. I didn't but not because I have forgotten. It's like people do it because they think they have to. But how can I post about that day without posting about all the horrible evilness that has continued to plague our country and our world every day? You are right -- America needs God! But America only wants a god that caters to their every whim and lets them live the sinful life they choose without consequence. Sin has consequences, and that is evident by the abundance of evil today. As many died on 9/11, millions more die daily as a result of our evil choices -- abortion, worldwide genocide, etc. And like you said, God is shedding tears for all of them. If you have ever truly prayed that prayer "break my heart for what breaks yours," you may understand a little of God's pain as he watches evil ruin his beautiful creation. I prayed it a couple of years ago for the first time from my heart in church while we sang the song, and I truly believe my prayer was answered immediately. The sadness nearly overtook me on many occasions, but I also found immense peace and hope in knowing that God was there for me in my pain. It also helped to know how much God hurt for me during my own loss. I was reminded the other day just how much America needs to turn back to the true God. If you read Matt Walsh's blog, you may have read the post about how America wants the God that false preachers give them in these big new mega churches where they preach that God will give them prosperity and wealth and make all their wishes come true and that they can continue to live for themselves because religion is all about "self." That's what America worships today....SELF! That breaks my heart more than anything else!

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  2. Amen! Very well said! So glad you visited me so that I could come back and visit you! Pinning this post as one of my favorites.

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  3. You are so right- God is love- and gives us free choice. And many times that results in evil. We each have a choice- we have to start with ourselves and choose to allow God to guide us. He is faithful and will guide us.
    Such a great post. Lisa :O)

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  4. Fantastic post!!! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Angie

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  5. We can be thankful that God is in control - and how many turned to Him for the first time on that dreadful day He alone knows.

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