I’m certain my parents never forgot the day when the news came over the radio that Pearl Harbor had been bombed by the Japanese. I am also convinced that the memory of 9/11 will live vividly in my mind until I die. In both of these events a piece of our freedom was destroyed along with the lives taken. Never again would people feel safe from foreign enemies. Our nation was not only broken – it had been deeply violated.
We can’t change history. We can’t go back and have a chance at a do-over. We can learn from it though. In all of the Bible’s history, every time God’s people walked away from Him and began to serve other gods and their own special interests, He then would give them a wake-up call to bring them back to Him. He gave them victory over their enemies when they relied on Him and put their complete trust in Him. He accomplished impossible deeds through His people when they allowed Him to do the work.
He continues to do this for those who follow Him today. He never lets go of us. He protects, He comforts, He gives us back our freedom, He has paid the ransom to win us back, He loves us unconditionally. There is no one in this life that has that kind of love for us.
When our hearts are troubled – when it looks as if there is no hope for our troubled nation – when the evils of this world seem to be overtaking us – that’s when we must return to God. He doesn’t give up on us. We should never give up on Him.