Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will make mention of the name of the LORD our God (Psalm 20:7).
The voice of one saying, “Cry.”
And one said, “What shall I cry?”
“All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; because the breath of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:6-8).
It has been almost ten years since the terrorist attacks on America. The minds of most Americans often return to the terrible events that transpired in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC, and there is renewed determination and vigor to do whatever is necessary to protect American citizens from any such future attack.
It is interesting to see how many consider 9/11 as a loss of American innocence: many Americans, near and far from the events, all of a sudden felt insecure and prone. The world, it seemed, just became a more dangerous place overnight.
In reality, the world was just as dangerous on 9/10 or 9/12 as it was on 9/11. Terrorism, violence, oppression, and all kinds of suffering existed in many locations in the world before 9/11 and even afterward. The difference, however, is that all such things happened over there. 9/11 happened here. 9/11 destroyed the image of security so dear to many.
Ever since, great effort has been exerted to alleviate this fear, to assure people that they are indeed safe. After six years, few have maintained the same levels of fear and concern as was prevalent in the immediate aftermath of the events. For better or worse, most do not think about the prospect of another such attack, or in some way feel that it is always someone else who suffers from dire circumstances.
All of us need some form of security in order to live our lives properly. The difficulty, however, is that too many trust in human endeavors– the U.S. Army, the police force, or some other human form of protection. This is false security, and deep inside, we all know it. In reality, there is no reason why we won’t be the next ones robbed or otherwise violated. We also recognize that any number of natural disasters or illnesses or other such things could lead to our demise. It is always easier, however, to just project such things on the future or on other people.
Nevertheless, God calls out to us to recognize our state: there is no true security in human endeavor. No amount of guns or metal detectors can truly make us completely safe. Security is not to be found in things of this world, but in God.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust doth consume, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
It has been over eight years since the school shooting in Columbine, six years since 9/11, two years since Hurricane Katrina, and months since the Virginia Tech shootings. Time and time again, our true insecurity as humans is exposed to us. Time and time again, we see that natural disasters or human animosity could be our end. Such things should turn us to God, realizing that we are but grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, and everything we see, taste, handle, and touch are reserved for destruction (Colossians 2:21-23, 2 Peter 3:9-12). God, and God alone, represents our true security. Let us establish or maintain association with Him today (1 John 1:1-6)!