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Be Still and know that I am God

Psalm 46:10

Pastor James F. Wright

Homily for the Prayer Service During the National alamity, W
St John Lutheran Church  
Champaign, IL

Tue, Sep 11, 2001 

Be Still and know that I am God, Psalm 46:10

The Situation:

Our country has been attacked by a faceless enemy. Hundreds, perhaps thousands killed. People we love stranded in cities around the country and world.

What is next? Warfare? Retaliation? Endless investigations? More strikes by our enemies? And the thousands left behind to mourn the deaths.

God's Help:

We are helpless as individuals in this situation. Psalm 46 points out who can help us now. God is our refuge and strength.

Today is a glimpse ahead to the calamity that will come at the end of the world. The effects of sin are so great in this world that the end is coming, when we do not know. It is a warning to us not to put our complete trust in anyone except God himself.

God says to his people, "Do not fear." Though the earth give way, and the mountains fall into the depths of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, and the mountains quake-as the airplanes fall from the sky and the skyscrapers fall into the streets, as evil reigns down upon us the Lord continues to say to us, "Be still! And know that I am God."

Evil may have its little day, But God has met it at the cross, where the Savior confronted the enemy and defeated him. Evil forces in our world have met their defeat. They threaten and try to terrify us-but God has conquered them and His kingdom has come and will remain forever.

What Are We to Do?

Trust in God. Do not give in to fear. Keep up our daily routines. Devote our self to Scripture and to prayer. Support and obey our government. Pray that any more attacks are prevented. Remember our leaders and pray for their safety. Reach out to the suffering and those who mourn, who are just now learning the fate of their loved ones. Pray for those who are stranded and cannot get home. Perhaps our hardest task is to pray for our enemies as Jesus taught us. Ask the Lord to enable His Church to speak the comforting Word of peace in Jesus Christ, so that in the midst of this dying world we may know that Jesus is the true source of peace in all trials and danger.

Our world is not a safe place. But God would have us trust in Him to keep us safe. Amen.

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