Opportunity for faith
As I sat at my desk on Sept. 11, 2020, I began to think back to 9/11, 2001. I remembered how I watched as the Towers fell, as the smoke streamed into the sky. The whole country was devastated. Some were angry, some were worried, but I believe all were broken hearted.
Psalms 147:3 NKJV "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
The people of our country flocked to local churches, they went in search of God's love and mercy. Our fellow Americans knew where to go for the support they needed. Unfortunately, the commitment and dedication to the Lord that was spawned by this tragedy was short lived. Those crying out to the Lord were sincere in their trust of Jesus to deliver them. But once the danger passed and the initial sense of loss was over, man's desire to let his own strength and wisdom take over was evident.
Proverbs 3:5 NKJV, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your own understanding."
As we look back in sorrow to all our losses due to this tragedy, we realize we are under attack again. We are in a battle against this pandemic. And now our state is also being destroyed by fire. We as Christians are crying out to the Lord once again. God has promised to fight our battle for us.
1 Samuel 17:47 NKJV, "Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands."
We know how great the battle is for us, but it is easy for God. The government keeps telling us how terrible this disease is. This may or may not be true, but for God, it is nothing. People would have us to be fearful and keep our eyes on them and their ability to solve this problem. I say we need to keep our eyes on Jesus.
The fires continue to rage. Man has been unable to get them under control. Many have been evacuated from their homes. Trusting in man will get us nowhere.
Proverbs 21:31 NKJV, "The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord."
We know there has been great destruction both by the pandemic and by the wildfires in our state. We have seen many die from this disease in our nation. Whole towns have burned down here in Oregon alone. People have lost their businesses and their churches.
Men have been trying to conquer these fires without success. It is amazing how we will fight and fight on our own, instead of turning to God and letting him fight the battle for us.
Please, let us seek our help from the Lord. We can trust in the Lord always.
Hebrews 13:8 NKJV, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."
The God who saw us through the devastation of 2001 is the same God who is here to see us through our trials today. It is time to turn our eyes upon Jesus. Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us. Pray and trust God for our protection and deliverance, but also remember to continue to trust in Jesus even after the trial passes. Be sure to continue to love and serve God and our neighbors after the disaster is conquered.
Carl Adkins is the lay minister at New Life Bible Chapel. He can be reached at 541-447-6543.
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