19 years ago today, the United States was attacked by terrorists and nearly 3,000 people lost their lives. 9/11 rattled us to the core, and the aftermath saw a country in shock and mourning. Planes were grounded and people were brought to their knees as they tried to grapple with senseless acts of violence carried out upon an unsuspecting public. Though it felt as if the world would never be the same in the wake of such destruction, ultimately, we emerged stronger. Inroads were made in defeating a network of terrorists, and security protocols were improved in nearly every sector of the economy. While time stood still temporarily, the spirit of our country prevailed as we humbled ourselves and looked to God for help. Today, our nation has once again been attacked — this time by a microscopic enemy known as COVID-19. While the devastation, questions, and uncertainty this pandemic has caused are real, so is the fact that this too shall pass. Even though it feels interminable, I have faith in the spirit of America and in the great Lord who has stood beside her and guided her since her inception. The Bible promises that He will bless the nation that looks to Him and respond to the earnest and humble prayers of His people as they cry out for the healing of their land. As we endure trying times, let’s keep the faith and remember that as long as a remnant stands in the gap humbly petitioning the God of grace, our country will prevail.
My friend, though it’s tempting to catastrophize these seemingly dark days, don’t lose hope. It’s human nature to expect the worst, especially when the headlines speak only of doom and gloom, but remember who your God is. The Lord stands outside of time and He knows history from start to finish; none of this is a surprise to Him. Refuse to meditate on bad news and don’t give up the good fight of faith. Rather, let the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart be pleasing to the One who has redeemed you. Lift your eyes above the sea of discouragement, focus on the character of your Savior, and cry out to Him for healing. He is the Lord of kings and princes, and He is sovereign over every season in history. Look to Him for wisdom and strength, and He will uplift your spirit and fill you with fresh hope!