The second week of September will forever bring a painful annual memory to every American. In our everyday language, 911 means both the number to call in an emergency and the date on which 2,996 people were killed by hijacked aircraft that were driven into three large buildings and crashed into a field.
By now we pretty much know the what. We still have a hard time with the why. Why would 15 Saudis plus an Egyptian, a Lebanese, and two men from the United Arab Emirates kill that many unarmed civilians? Our countries get along, don’t they? Why do they hate us so?
Irrational persecution is nothing new. King David felt it: “My eyes fail, looking for my God. Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head” (Psalm 69:3,4). These words were prophetic of the thoughts of the suffering Savior as well. Satan loves rage and violence, and he drives people both to rational and irrational violence. There will be more, much more, before the end comes.
David, Christ, and we all turn to the same source of security and comfort: “But I pray to you, O Lord, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation” (Psalm 69:13). God’s mighty angels will shield us; God’s superb global management guarantees that all things, even disasters, will work for our good; God’s gracious purposes will all be achieved.
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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