9/11 Terrorist Attacks and Why Bad Things Happen


The world is a different place now. When events shake the collective conscience of a nation, the resolve and wisdom of the people are tested. Certainly, with this “deadliest act of terrorism in the history of the world,” according to Wikipedia, the memories and feelings have certainly persisted for the past 20 years.

This recent anniversary of the tragedy brings it all back. Every bit of it. Unearthing an old wound is difficult. The loss of family, friends, colleagues and / or acquaintances during the morning events of September 11, 2001, most certainly intensified and elevated the grief and sadness of the survivors to a much higher level.

The number of innocent people who lost their lives that day was 2,958, not counting the 19 hijackers. The ripple effect of the actions of a few leaves millions of people, not only in this country but around the world, always wondering, “Why? ”

For millennia, bad things have happened to good people. And our many questions related to this phenomenon will remain until our capacity for understanding is greatly expanded.

Why didn’t God stop the 19 hijackers on September 11 and prevent the tragedy? Why did He not intervene to stop the slaughter of 6 million Jews in WWII and all those who died in war battles – combatants and innocent people? Why does he not stop the little people from dying and cure the diseases that plague thousands of people every day? He could certainly prevent natural disasters and all the vagaries of our society, if only He wanted to.

We live in a fallen world. Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve ate a forbidden apple from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Their lives were already embracing eternity before the bite, but when they touched the forbidden fruit, they and all of us lost Heaven and the ability to live forever on this earth. So God, in His extravagant love, found another way to put us back into a righteous relationship with Him. The only way for us to enter Heaven now is twofold: to accept the work of Jesus in this life and then die an earthly death.

In John 16:33 TPT, Jesus declares: “For in this unbelieving world you will experience troubles and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have overcome the world. ”

Romans 12: 17,21 NKJV exclaims, “Return evil for evil to no one. Have respect for the good things in the eyes of all men. Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ”

Overcome evil with good? It’s so contrary to our sinful nature. What good can come from the bad intentions and actions of others? God only knows. Sometimes we can’t see His plan, or His reasoning. But we know in Romans 8:28 that our Lord always works for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose.

Trusting God is always the best option. God owns all the chapters of the book called History. We only see a few pages of this wonderful story. Just trust him.

If you need some confidence, read the stories of Joseph and Job in the Bible. Check Out Genesis 50:20! There are certainly many more! Take a trip and hunt for them.

Another encouraging passage is found in Romans 5: 3-5, TPT. “But that’s not all! Even in difficult times, we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character brings us back to the Hope And that hope is not a disappointing fantasy, for we can now experience the infinite love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit living in us.

One of these days God has determined and promised to do all things and He will judge everyone for what they have done in this life. Justice is coming my friends. Be encouraged by the following verse and know that in Jesus Christ, God is for us, not against us!

“Beloved, do not obsess over vengeance, but leave it to the righteous righteousness of God. For the scriptures say, “Vengeance is mine, and I will pay it back,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19, TPT.

Ultimately, justice will be served swiftly and decisively. We won’t have to worry about the details. We just need to know that Jesus will make it right with anyone who has been wronged in any way. So have good courage and wait on Him.

Joe Wagley is a real estate agent and broker in Lenawee County. He is the owner of the Wagley group in Adrian. He can be reached at 517-265-6000 or by email at [email protected].

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