September 11 was a clear Tuesday morning 11 years ago today. It was one of those moments in time where you will always remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard the awful news.
Why? was the question of the day. How could anyone do such a thing? Why would God allow such a
tragedy? Frustrating thing is that there are no clear answers. When asked about the Tower of Siloam tragedy (in which 18 people were killed), Jesus stressed the need for all to repent.
"Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
(Luke 13:4-5 ESV)
When Job questions the wisdom and justice of God, God mercifuly intervenes and challenges him:
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
(Job 38:1-7 ESV)
God is sovereign and doesn't owe us any answers. I don't think we could fully comprehend it if he did explain his purposes to us. But He does tell us what our response should be: