In the days after the 9-11 attacks, I remember thinking, “This could be our new normal.” I wasn’t alone in this. Everyone expected that terrorists would eventually mount another successful effort and strike again. In the early days after 9-11, it was inconceivable to think that we wouldn’t be hit again by a terrorist attack on the homeland.
Nearly ten years later, however, we still haven’t had another major terrorist attack. All of that could change tomorrow, but it is nevertheless remarkable that we still haven’t been hit. Instead what we have seen is a series of failed attempts to attack the homeland. From the shoe-bomber to the Christmas day bomber to this most recent Times Square bomber, none of them has succeeded.
As Americans, we would like to take all of the credit for ourselves and attribute the failed attempts to our nation’s superior intelligence and law enforcement capabilities. It struck me todayâ€”as I was reading about how the Times Square bomber nearly got awayâ€”that we are not nearly as clever as we would like to think. In nearly all of these failed attempts, there were “fortuitous” moments in which things easily could have gone another way. Would it not be, therefore, the height of arrogance not to thank God for these foiled plots?
God is the God of fortuitous moments. And for whatever reason, He’s allowed us to avert another 9-11 type of disaster over all these years. How long will this last? I do not know. As I said, it could all change tomorrow. But in the meantime, let’s be humble enough to thank God and make kingdom use of the peace that He has given us for as long as it lasts.
5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; 6 That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other, 7 The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these.
37 Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it? 38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High That both good and ill go forth? 39 Why should any living mortal, or any man, Offer complaint in view of his sins?
Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.