Depending on your age or if you knew someone personally that will determine your deep feelings many of us have on every anniversary of 9/11. Today I am wondering if it, apart from being the worst thing many of us have experienced or watched in complete shock and surprise. Was it also in many ways a blessing in disguise? I don’t mean to offend anyone, but consider this. That day we were clearly shown we are not safe. Didn’t you believe you were? For the most part? I certainly never expected anything could happen in America like what DID occur 13 years ago today. Our dependence must be on Christ and not ourselves or our government.
Today as I repent first on behalf of my OWN sins, and if you say you have none then think again. There is not one of us, even if one who many have considered a great man or woman, they are still a man or a woman and do sin and maybe we don’t see it but God sees all things and knows all things. Repent for our sins and those of our nation. I think 1 Timothy is fitting.
1 Timothy 1:15-17
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I can’t help but to laugh a little bit as Paul refers to himself as the “chief” of sinners. (NKJV) I laugh because I think the same thing sometimes. Is it possible that Paul sinned worse than me? Is it even right to look at sin like that? Paul’s story is one of 180 degrees. He was going full force one direction and persecuting the church, Jesus Christ Himself, and there was really no stopping him. Then he encounters Jesus on the Damascus road and everything changes. Everything. From that encounter, Paul’s life changes into a testimony of God’s grace, patience, mercy, and unfailing love. Paul’s salvation testifies that there is no distance or depth that can dodge God’s sovereignty or the election of His chosen people. God hears you and knows you, and He most certainly can reach you and change everything.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.