Fifteen years ago today, the United States experienced a Pearl Harbor for this generation. In the years since then, 9/11 has brought many changes to our world and way of life.
There are questions about the balance between our right to privacy and the need for security. And then there’s constant warfare against terrorists in faraway places like Syria and Iraq. And, of course, getting on an airplane is much different from what it used to be.
I remember talking with other pastors and Christians after 9/11. We wondered if the tragedy would turn people back to the Lord. We wondered if the churches would see a spike in attendance.
Well, the little town of Longville where we lived then, didn’t see any changes in church attendance, but nationwide there was a spike in church attendance. But it was a temporary spike that was soon gone. One person reported:
After Sept. 11, Gallup reported that church attendance in the U.S. jumped from 41 percent to 47 percent. Less than two years later, that percentage was down to 38 percent. Last year it hovered around 36 percent.
For an extremely brief window of time, the collapse of the World Trade Center towers prompted many Americans to reexamine their lives and ask some probing questions. But it didn’t last. The effect faded with the shock. (http://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/blog/15-years-later-looking-back-on-9-11/ )
Imagine, there have permanent changes in the way we travel on airplanes since 9/11, but no permanent changes in the spiritual soul of our nation. Quite the opposite, as atheists have become more outspoken and numerous since 9/11.
We all face difficult times in our lives—not on the scale of 9/11, but those tough times can be a personal 9/11 to us.
We have difficult choices to make from time to time in our lives. How do we make those choices and face those times?
Proverbs 3:5-6 is perhaps the most famous of the Proverbs. It has guided countless believers through trials and choices for centuries.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5–6)
First, above all things, and in all times, whether good or evil, we are to…