On a day like today, the 13th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, I am a bit reflective of the source of our trust. Like many, I can tell you where I was when I heard of the first attacks. I can replay what I did afterwards. I can remember the Sunday after, how churches were filled to capacity and people were searching for answers.
What people? Where did they come from?
These were the people that the writer of Proverbs speaks of. People whose trust was in their own ability to provide. This proverb deals with money…which could certainly be the subject of much discussion; however, the broader principle is that of self-willed insurance.
For a season…a short season following the attacks…there was a keen awareness of the vulnerability of our nation. After years of relative peace within our geographical borders, the citizenry was lulled into a complacent slumber…resting comfortably upon a bed of feigned security that we had made. It was our defense department, our intellect, our preparedness…these things made us safe. Then the attacks. Suddenly we realized the need for a Protector.
Soon after that “capacity Sunday” in churches in our land…seats became available again. Those who were faced with gripping fear soon moved past it. We hired TSA Agents, held hearings, mobilized our military to war, and placed certain domestic security measures intended to give us more security. Since then, we complain about the invasiveness of these security protocols and cast stones at the measures taken by authorities…who merely answered the call to MAKE US SAFE as a nation!
Truth is though…there is no safety in riches or security in cameras or TSA body searches or in restricting border access. REAL SECURITY (and the peace that comes as a byproduct) comes only in yielding to the Protection and Will and Sovereign Control of a Good and Righteous King who alone is in control and alone has the power to save and to secure. He is our Protector.
King David recounted in the 23d Psalm that because the Lord was his Shepherd, David lacked nothing. His Shepherd Provider prepared a banquet for David in the presence of his enemies. David was secure, not due to the absence of evil or the strength of his resolve, but in the protection of the Sovereign King to whom the King gave allegiance.
If we as a people are ever to live up to the mottos we espouse on days like today “Never Forget” and “We Remember,” we MUST truly remember the keen awareness from the morning of 9/11/01…when we knew unmistakably of our own inability to protect ourselves and our desperate need for God. We should REMEMBER that in the hours following those fateful events, prayers and petitions and commitments were offered to God. We must never forget our need for God to care for us…because He never forgets the Covenant He made with us.
Today, we should remember those who ran into the danger zones while other fled for their lives. We should remember first responders and our military. We should honor them and we should honor those who have stepped in to take the place of those who died in service on that day. They DESERVE, by nature of their office, HONOR from us. At the same time, we are fools if we place our TRUST in our first-responders as our protectors. They respond to danger with heroic values, but we serve a God who is Sovereign over and powerful to guard us from danger before it happens.
So live out, “NEVER FORGET”…how God comforted us in our hour of greatest need.
So live out, “WE REMEMBER” as you return to Him placing your trust in Him for protection and for purpose.
Then you will be RIGHTEOUS with the righteousness of Christ…and you will flourish like the green leaf.