Today marks the sixteenth year of potentially the most tragic event in United States history. Hundreds fell victim to terrorist attacks in New York, leaving an indelible mark on both each person’s family and friends, as well as this country as a whole. Each year, this day presents a very somber moment in communities across the nation. However, in the midst of all the despair, it presents a beacon of hope.
Shortly after the horrific incident, President George W. Bush belted those words through a bullhorn: “I can hear you!” While this may be simply cliche to some, others felt that these were the exact words needed to be said in order to ignite the path to rebuilding, both from a physical and psychological standpoint.
As Christians, there are daily hurdles that we all encounter. 1 Peter 5:8 instructs us to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” John 10:10a states that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” It is the enemy’s mission to fulfill these objectives in the lives of God’s people.
However, there is hope. God hears us, no matter how low it seems whatever situation in our lives is pulling us down.
God provided such a strong sense of hope through the prophet Jeremiah to those who were exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon. In a letter to the “surviving elders” of Nebuchadnezzar’s plot, Jeremiah inspired them, and others, to seek the promises of God despite all the peril that was going on. God admonished that the fulfillment of His promises will come after the completion of the Babylonian rule.
This speaks so loudly of those who are called by God to wait on his promises, even in the midst of captivity. Moreover, making the best out of your situation, as Jeremiah instructed the people to “Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
In verse 12, God implores, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
We as humans, especially Christians, also have a responsibility to request our needs to the Father.
God is earnestly waiting for us to call on Him. This incredibly sad day reminds us of how much we need Him to provide hope and comfort in perilous times. As kings and prophets lamented in the Bible, our leaders in the nation–both spiritually and naturally–must remain in a state of humility, always ready to call and depend on God.
Without the calmness of the Spirit of God, the condition of man will continue to wane, with no hope to recover. However, with God as the ultimate rebuilder, what once was destroyed and decayed will be reconstructed better than ever.