Today’s devotion from Day by Day, by Billy Graham:
Things That Cannot Be Shaken
This date of September 11 will be engraved on the memories of people everywhere for generations to come. On that terrible day when terrorists commanded several passenger planes and killed thousands of innocent people in New York and Washington, we began to realize the true depths of evil in the human heart, and the uncertainty and fragility of life itself.
What lesson would God teach us from such an appalling tragedy? I confess I don’t know the full answer. Many people, I know, for the first time faced the shallowness and emptiness of their lives, and turned to God as a result. Millions came together to pray.
But one lesson God would teach us all is this: our only lasting hope is in Him. Life has always been uncertain; September 11 only made it clearer. Where will you turn for your security? Put your life in Christ’s hands, for only He offers us a “kingdom which cannot be shaken.”
September 11 is a day that American’s reflect on a tragedy that struck our nation in 2001. The images are still raw to many. At the 9/11 national day of prayer in remembrance service Billy Graham shared these words:
“We’ve always needed God from the very beginning of this nation, but today we need Him especially. We’re facing a new kind of enemy. We’re involved in a new kind of warfare and we need the help of the Spirit of God. The Bible’s words are our hope: ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea (Psalm 46:1,2, NIV).’
My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us, and will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us as we trust in Him.”