God does not cause evil, sinful men do evil as an act of rebellion against their Creator. Yet, God is not helpless and unaware of the evil men do, he is sovereign over it…using it for the billions of reasons that we will never understand because we are not Him – yet we may catch a glimpse of a reason every now and then.
Twelve years ago, God used an astounding act of evil to spin my head around, get my eyes off of myself, and return to my Creator. He used 9/11 in my life as a giant wake up call, that my life without Him at the center is ultimately empty.
God is also the God of all comfort. And so, while today I’m very thankful for God using 9/11, I’m very aware that there will always be people who still mourn the loss of loved ones. We remember them, hug them, pray for them. We encourage them that the only true comfort is not found in this world, where I was searching for it in my pre-9/11 self-centered fog – it is in a person – Jesus Christ, who came on the ultimate rescue mission to provide a way for a rebellious people to be reconciled to their Creator, by his selfless act of taking our punishment on the cross.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.””
(Mark 10:45 ESV)