Patriot's Day - Rebuilding What Matters // Thursday, September 11
Posted: Thursday, September 11
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Verse of the Day:
They said, “We will replace the broken bricks of our ruins with finished stone, and replant the felled sycamore-fig trees with cedars.” (Isaiah 9:10, NLT)
Though this verse may seem obscure, it has garnered a lot of attention in our recent past. Following the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City thirteen years ago to this day, several politicians quoted this verse in speeches, declaring the nation’s determined intent to rebuild bigger and better. We should have and we did, but did we miss something?
Jonathan Cahn, in his book, “The Harbinger,” builds a strong connection between this moment in the history of the United States and a similar moment in the history of the Old Testament nation of Israel when they were suddenly attacked by forces from outside their borders. The leaders of Israel were the ones that originally made this declaration and they did just as they said, they rebuilt their buildings. Sadly, they were soon to be completely destroyed. The question to be asked is, did they rebuild the most important elements of their nation? They rebuilt the physical buildings but what about their “foundation?” If they had addressed their broken spiritual and societal infrastructure would their story have been different?
September eleventh is appropriately titled “Patriot’s Day” in America. My challenge to you is to honor the memories of those who died thirteen years ago and the many who have given their lives since by seeking God. The message is quite simple; we don’t need more moxie or determination, we need more repentance. Let God search your heart today. Confess your sin to Him. Let Him rebuild your life. Let Him change your story. Maybe He’ll change ours.
Pastor Mark McKinstry // Christian Education & Missions Pastor