Yesterday was the 17th anniversary of the tragic day of terror in our country. September 11th will always be remembered by our country and the entire world. There are three things that that day reminds us of:
- The wickedness of this world. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, the darkness of sin has plagued this world. Hate. Envy. Murder. Stealing. We live in a world of sin. A twisted and perverse world. Mankind proves over and over just how bad they can be. It is on all sin that God is going to bring judgment and wrath: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). As Ecclesiastes says, “See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes” (7:29). 9/11 is a sad reminder of just how evil this world can be.
- The frailty of this life. On 9/11 many, many lives were lost. In an instant. In one day. We mourn for the loss of all souls. This life is temporary. It can end in an instant. Our bodies are fragile. We will not live forever. All of us will succumb to the way of all mankind. “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14). In this world there is old age, sickness, accidents, etc. One day our life will end. Then what?
- How much we need God. We live in a sinful world. We live in a frail world. Without God we are hopeless. We need God to forgive us of our own sins (Romans 3:23-24). We all need saved from the darkness of this world, from Satan. We all need eternal life. This physical life will not last. God promises eternal life with Him in Heaven for all who will believe, repent, and obey. Without God we would have nothing to live for. Without God there is no joy. No point. No hope. We need God! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).
God is calling us out of the darkness of sin. And He will help us overcome all the evils around us in this world. We have to repent of our own sins and then fight in the Lord’s army against Satan and sin. We don’t have to fear death. God gives us hope. God gives us eternal life. We have something, the only thing worth living for! I need God. You need God. Everyone needs God. So come to Him. Live for Him. Then you’ll live with Him in Heaven.