Sunday, September 10, 2006

Remembering 9/11

On September 11 2001, terrorists hijacked three planes and flew them into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and into the Pentagon in Washington. It cost the United States, hundreds of billions of dollars, thousands of lives and untold suffering. Five years to the date, you can scarcely turn on the television, listen to the radio or read the paper without commentary on 9/11. It's the defining moment of our time.

Perhaps the best way we can remember the sad, tragic event is to offer a prayer for our nation and for those impacted by the suffering of 9/1. Yet, always keeping in view God's loving, sovereign rule over all matters concerning nations and individuals alike. Wars, terrorism and plots of evil men are no match for Him.

Here are words of comfort and encouragement from Charles Haddon Spurgeon taken from the book, Beside Still Waters.

Nothing will happen that God has not forseen. No unexpected event will destroy His plans. No emergency will transpire for which He has not provided. No peril will occur against which He has not guarded. No remarkable need will take Him by surprise. He declares the end from the beginning , from ancient times things that are not yet done (Is 46:10) ... He sees everything, the past, the present, the future. All, all, all of the future is fixed by Him. Derive great comfort from this fact.

Suppose you go out to sea with the most skillful captain... Even with the greatest foresight, he can never promise an absolutely safe passage. there are dangers...

When you come to the Ship of Providence, however, He who is at the helm is Master of every wind that blows and of every wave that breaks its force on the ship. He forsees both the events that will happen at the destination and those at the starting port. He knows every wave, its height, width, and force. He knows every wind in all its connections We are safe with a Captain who has fore-arranged and fore-ordained all things from the beginning to the end. It is to our advantage to put implicit confidence in His guidance:

Be this my joy, that evermore
Thou rulest all things at Thy will
Thy sovereign wisdom I adore
And calmly, sweetly, trust Thee still

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