September 11 Towers

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Isaiah 8:1-9:21;  2 Corinthians 12:1-10;  Psalm 55:1-23;  Proverbs 23:4-5

Twelve years ago today sin reared its ugly head and thrashed its powerful tail.  Thousands died.  A nation grieved.

Other planes and towers have crashed since then. 

Because sin continues to wage war on human souls.  Wars, disasters, infidelities, disease, death–all march on.

The Apostle Paul knew firsthand the power of evil in a man’s heart.  At his word innocent people were killed for faith in Jesus Christ.

Unbelievably, God stopped Paul before more towers fell.  Paul saw Christ face to face. 

He was changed forever.

That’s the power of forgiveness–the power of God to transform lives.

As believers we are not exempt from the effects of sin, the world or Satan.   We all have towers that have fallen, loved ones who died, careers that failed, relationships that fell apart, illness that devastated.  We know our weaknesses.  We know our God.  To us He says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made known in weakness.” 

When difficult times come we can draw comfort from God’s promise,

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;  when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, and the flames shall not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy one of Israel, your Savior.”  Isaiah 43:2-3.

Lord God, today we remember the Towers, the planes and all who suffered and died.  Be with those who lost loved ones.  Give them comfort and hope.  May we also look to You, O Lord, to be our peace, to still the war of sin in our hearts through your forgiveness.  May we always remember that we are weak and you are strong.  We lean on You, our strong Tower that will never fail.  In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;  he will never let the righteous fall.”  Psalm 55:22

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