Today’s devotion is based on Isaiah 35:4, “Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with a vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
We must not forget that those promises are still God’s promises to us today. On this day, America was attacked, and thousands of people died at the hand of Muslim terrorists. It was a day that caused not only death but fear and panic. It was a day that people cried out to the Lord for help, just as the Jesus’ disciples did when their lives were threatened by a terrible storm the night they were crossing the sea. Just as Jesus calmed the waters of the raging sea that night, he calms our hearts. Our security thus is not in the power of our great country but in the presence of Jesus. With him, our lives are calm even amid evil.
Please pray with me: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen. Help us in our fear, assuring us of your presence and promises that we might find peace and comfort during this time of turmoil. Remind us that science, government, or anything else we depend on for security and peace cannot give us what you give, salvation and eternal life with you. I humbly ask you to send a special blessing to all the survivors of that terrible event twenty years ago who continue to mourn. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.