The only requirement is that we take the time to know Him -- TRULY know Him, and love Him. Yet, there are people everywhere, everyday who will say, "Where is God in this!?"
Remember September 11, 2001? Remember the aftermath? Who couldn't?
Do you also remember all the critical "news" pieces asking "WHERE WAS GOD?"
God does promise to take care of us, to keep us in safety, but He cannot do it if we walk off the path He provides. We must listen to what God teaches us in His Word. We need to follow Him in all things. It's only when we follow him that we can enjoy the blessings of His refuge and safe protection.
I am not going to judge, answer, or pretend to know the hearts of the thousands of lives lost and affected by the tragedy of 9/11. I could never do that. No human being ever could.
I am not going to even attempt to answer the question, "WHERE WAS GOD on 9/11?" There are plenty of far-more eloquent Christian writers and speakers who have already done that.
What I will do is look honestly at Scripture. How can the angels do other than what they have been ordered to do by God Himself. YES. . . He gives His angels charge over us, to keep us in all our ways, but the Lord also says,
If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe
~ Psalm 91:14
Isn't that an awesome thought? God orders angels to watch over us, to keep us from harm. They actually hold us. And all that is required of us is that we love Him and truly know who HE is.
Sometimes I think we Christians expect God's protecting angels to do whatever we order them to do. We get so arrogant in our thinking sometimes that we really believe we are untouchable by the Enemy. We think we're wrapped in some spiritual cocoon of God's mercy and grace. God's Word does give conditions for His promises. Like it or not. Read it!
God's protection is not possible unless we are completely in line with His Word. The angels can only do those things that are right for us -- things that God has planned for our lives. If the angels were to go against God and listen to our commands, they would be cast out of heaven like one third of them were with Satan.
But what do the angels do if we are not in line with God? I cannot say for certain because I've never actually seen angels in action (CBS's Touched by an Angel does not count) but I imagine they have to stand back, watch what we're doing wrong, fold their arms and call out to God to be allowed to intervene on His behalf. God loves us! His angels love us. He provides the angels because He loves us and does not want to see us harmed.
Have you ever felt like this? . . . If only I had prayed about it first, we wouldn't be in this financial mess. If only I'd spent more time in God's Word, I wouldn't have been so critical. If only I'd listened to God, I wouldn't have had that accident. If only. . . if only . . . if only.
We all have twenty-twenty hindsight AFTERWARDS! Question is: Do we then seek God? Sometimes. Sometimes not. Why? Because the situation is over and we have to move on to something else. The something else becomes more important.
And that's where our lives (and our country) take the wrong turn and the mistakes gets bigger and bigger.
Consider the aftermath of 9/11 -- and the atmosphere of the country.
Consider the atmosphere of the country today. . . .
They asked WHERE WAS GOD on 9/11?
WHERE IS HE TODAY?
Why not simply start reading God's Word and praying and listening to Him? When you do, the blessings flow and angels take hold of you. The angels are handling the situation.
Wow! That would be awesome!
In particular -- wouldn't it be awesome if the angels took over on November 4th!
~ Esthermay Bentley-Goossen
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