9/11: Why Trust God When Bad Things Happen?

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I was only a baby when that dreadful day came.

Terrorists high jacking airplanes. Buildings crumbling to the ground. Countless lives lost.

On September 11, 2001, many families lost loved ones. There were no words to describe the horror and the shock that was running through everyone’s veins.

It seemed that our country had lost hope. Where was God during all of this? Why was He allowing something a terrible tragedy to occur? Was this really a part of His plan?

I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like to lose someone so suddenly and my heart goes out to those who did.

You had to be brave when all hope disappeared. You had to explain to your children why their Daddy wasn’t coming home. And You had to be strong when your wife couldn’t make it out in time.

These words go out to you and anyone else who is asking, “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?”

We live in a sin-filled world. Things happen that we can’t even begin to understand.

Sadly, many people’s first response is to blame God, as if He is the one who caused their pain. Let’s get one thing straight. God is not the author of suffering.

How do I know this? Well, in the very beginning when God created the world, everything was good (Genesis 1:31). There was no death or tears or sickness. There wasn’t a reason to be sad or unhappy. It was absolutely perfect.

If it was so great, then how and why did tragedies come about? The answer is something called free will.

God created us and, of course, wanted us to love Him, but He didn’t force it on us. He gave us a choice. We could either choose to love Him and live for Him or we could choose to reject Him.

Unfortunately, many have chosen to abuse their free will and live a life that goes against God. That is where sin and pain came from.

When it comes to a tragedy like the one on September 11, the choices of the terrorists caused traumatic shock and wounds to thousands.

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I’m sure all of us are asking, “Why? Why would someone choose to do something so terrible? How?”

The fact is, I don’t know. I don’t know why someone would choose that. I don’t know how someone could do so much damage.

1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

In other words, we can’t see the big picture. We can’t fully understand someone’s heart. That is up to God. But we do have hope.

Jesus Christ hasn’t left us here to suffer. He warned us that we would have suffering in this world (John 16:33), but He promised that He wouldn’t forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8).

The good news is that Jesus, who is preparing a special place in Heaven for His people (John 14:3), is coming back soon to take us home!

If we choose to follow the Lord and accept His gift of eternal life, we can rest assured that we will get to live forever with Him when Jesus comes back.

Heaven will have no pain, tears, or death (Revelation 21:4). We will no longer have to deal with sin and sadness. It will be the most amazing place we’ve ever been.

Even when bad things happen, we can know that God is not the author of pain. Instead, He is the author of life!

September 11, 2001, was a terrible day. I don’t know what was going through the terrorists’ heads.

However, because of what Jesus has done for us, we can share the hope of eternal life with others. We can choose to trust God and find comfort in Him when tragedies hit.

Take Action:

The anniversary of 9/11 is in two days. Let’s take some time to really pray for the families who have lost loved ones. Also, let’s make time to share the hope we have in Jesus with someone.

Bad things happen, but God has not forsaken us. We can find hope in Him.