This is again a school assignment. I'm not sure I understood the assignment well, so if my writing seems confusing and off topic, that may explain it. This is the second topic in a mini series (3 posts) on 9/11 (yesterday I posted on my memory of that day, incase you didn't read that). Correct me if any of my theology is off, or if there are any grammar mistakes.
September 11, 2001, God made himself more known to Americans than any other time in recent history. There is no way that someone could honestly deny that God had anything to do with the tragedy that fell upon our country that fateful day.
First, God knows everything before it even happens. He knew before the creation of the world that on September 11, 2001, these attacks would take place. It did not surprise him. He did not sit back and say, “Whoa! What happened down there? I do not remember planning that.” He was not only well aware it would happen, he allowed it to happen. Obviously he was not the villain behind the incident, but he was willing to let it happen. No one may ever be exactly sure why something like that would happen, but it was not bad, and good will come out of it. So, if people find themselves asking God why he did it, that in itself shows that he made himself known to those people. They may not have recognized God (even if their recognition of him is negative, it is nonetheless recognition) had it not been for this tragic happening.
Second, God did not abandon America after this tragedy. He did not take the attitude of “you brought this upon yourselves, now fend for yourselves.” He comforted the mourning, he became the Savior of the dying, and he revealed his power in a great way. Some believers had never had an experience to see God’s power manifested that greatly. Americans were able to see how much grace he could bestow, how much love he could cast upon them, how many blessing he could let flow mercilessly. While the attacks were devastatingly great, they will never surpass the greatness of the Lord.
Last, God made himself known by allowing America to recover from such a tragedy. Some countries may not have been able to recover an attack like that in such a short period of time. While certain individuals may have yet to get over the loss of a loved one, America in general seems to have “gotten back on their feet,” and that is definitely by God lavishing his grace on our country, not because our government is wonderful, or because the people of this country are unemotional and resourceful.
Although a tragic day, September 11, 2001 can still be remembered as a day that God made himself known in a powerful way. Hopefully believers can continue to draw closer to their powerful Savior, and unbelievers will recognize the majesty of the Lord, and be saved, so that the next time a tragedy occurs, they will find their comfort in Jesus Christ, the great comforter.