"And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding" (Daniel 2:21).
Sunday, April 21, 2013
1 Timothy 2:1, 2
Sunday in Bible study we discussed 1 Timothy 2:1, 2: "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence" (NKJV).
I reflected on the emails I receive and the posts on Facebook relating to our officials—many containing insults and criticisms (some true and some false according to Snopes.com and Hoaxbusters.org). I don't see that rehearsing their faults is helping me to have a more quiet and peaceable life.
I have decided this week to do what Paul said for officials: make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks. It may not change our president, the congress, the Supreme Court, or a constable in the county. But it could change me if I reflect every day during my prayer for them that they are ultimately not in control of this country or the universe.
God is involved in the selection of rulers.
God called Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, "My servant." Our Father has and can use evil people to accomplish His will.
Paul tells me to obey governing authorities and honor them (Romans 13:1-7).
This week I plan to do this. The worst of my government officials are probably much better than the Caesar ruling Paul when he wrote the book of Romans.