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Shaken:
Foundations in the Middle of Chaos

Life as usual.

After these events can we really go back? Yeah, routines help me cope and give me a sense of comfort, but if you’re like me I need something more. When I watch the news and then lay in bed at night I wonder what my future could look like and in my heart I’m shaken. I wonder what tomorrow could bring and if something could happen to me or someone I love. At these times I have to go back to Ground Zero – what are my foundations? What am I trusting to get me through these uncertain times? Ultimately, I’ve gotta have a source of security in something much bigger and more powerful than our financial institutions, our architectural achievements, and even our country. This week’s horror shows these too can all be shaken. We must find our foundation in a God who does not change and will bring His justice to the world. These six foundations are the things we can continually lean on in these uncertain times.

Faith, not Fear.

Over and over the scenes of Tuesday’s destruction leave us with our jaws dropped and a pit in our stomach. In these moments we can choose fear or faith. We can live in the reruns of the tragedies and trying to hide from the thought of what is to come or we can choose to live in faith that there is a God who is ever present and cares for us.

Hope, not Despair.

The terrorist acts on the World Trade Center pushes us to believe the world is out of control and nothing is sure. Yet there is hope. Hope in a God that offers purpose for each individual, each family, every city and nation. Hope that God has a direction and plan for every life and not one detail slips by Him.

God, not Religion.

As analysts speculate on the religious and political motivations behind this evil act, it is clear that the God of the Bible was not the source of the horrible carnage of New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. The Supreme Being followed by those who founded our nation looked to the wisdom of Moses and Abraham and the matchless teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. This same God wants to be known in a real personal way even today. He is not about religious words and acts – what He wants is our hearts fully following Him.

Love, not Hate

Be honest now. Our first reaction at this point is – who did this and how can we get them back? We might feel angry and want to retaliate against any person or group we suspect might be in sympathy with these terrorists. But acting on these feelings puts us in danger of hurting innocent people who are not in any way linked with terrorism. Instead, we need to do as Jesus taught – to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Then wait for those in authority to determine the course of action needed in bringing the guilty to justice.

Life, not Death

In these times of crises and extreme loss of life, we realize the line between life and death is fragile. There’s a place in the Bible where Jesus says, “ The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10) He also says that we can be sure of eternal life with Him, as we trust Him to forgive our sins. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, so everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.” (John 3: 16,17) We can find a stable foundation in Jesus Christ as a God who saves.

Action, not Apathy

At this critical time in our history, we will all respond in some way to this tragedy. We can choose to sit and let the world go by, uncaring, and unmoved, or we can let these events speak to us and mold our future by the action we take. Here are some things we can do:

  1. We can establish our foundations by beginning a life of faith, hope, love, and life in a relationship with the one true God. In the final book of the Bible, Jesus invites us, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him.” (Rev. 3:20) If these events have caused you to think about your own eternal future, you may want to express that to God through this prayer: “Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life and make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
  2. Adopt your local high school campus in prayer. You can do this along with hundreds of other by going to: www.everyschool.com
  3. Help reach your campus with the love and comfort of Christ. For ideas check out: www.gocampus.org or call 1-877-GoCampus for coach to personally assist you.
  4. Use this time as an opportunity to express love to those you see in need, wherever they are. Send an e-mail to encourage, listen to those who are hurting, or give in tangible ways to those families trying to recover in the affected cities.
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