Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The World Today (2)

This is part 2 of chapter 9 of my book, Biblical Glasses.

Where is God today? Maybe you are angry at God for various events that have occurred in your life. Perhaps you cannot believe that God cares considering the pain and suffering throughout the world. Maybe you are angry toward God over the events of September 11, 2001.

Think about this: 75,000 people should have died in that tragedy. 75,000 is the number of people normally in or around the World Trade Center Towers and at the Pentagon on any given day. Three of the four hijacked planes were less than a quarter full. The fourth plane was one-third full. With the final victim count at less than 3000 people, over ninety-six percent of the potential victims survived. Hmm … Where was God again? He was there! He was miraculously keeping the towers up so people could escape. Engineers have no answer to explain why the towers stood so long; logically, they should have fallen much sooner! What a miracle!

I am not saying we can fully understand the events of 9/11, but we can definitely know that God is in control. Perhaps He lowered His hedge of protection around America because of its falling away from His guidance (see Romans 1:18-32); perhaps He desires for America, like Old Testament Israel, to follow Him precisely.

So where is God? We have seen He is “not far from each one of us” (Acts 18:27). Jesus said: “Where two or three come together in My name, there I am with them” (Matthew 18:20). The apostle John said, “God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit” (1 John 4:12-13). Where is God? He is in me! Is He in you? He wants to be! Jesus said: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).

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