thankful1 Timothy 2: 1-6
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. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator, between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Our modern society focuses on self. It’s as simple as that. Watch television for 1/2 an hour and you will see programming that entices people to spend more money on “luxury” things because “you deserve it”, or situation comedies where the characters make crude jokes about the other characters and get lots of laughs. Movies are all about violence and sex, whatever the characters esteem will make them “successful”. The more we focus on ourselves, internally, the more our society seems to be going down the toilet.
If we were to live life by this scripture alone, I believe our world would be much more pleasant to live in, even when there are disasters or arguments between people or nationalities. I’ll break it down and you can see if you agree.
Paul is telling Timothy to pray for everyone, especially those in authority and to be thankful for all men. Are we thankful for others? We are wishy-washy when it comes to this. When there is a crisis and someone comes to rescue us, yes, we are very thankful. But what about in everyday life, when the people around us are just trying to make it through the day? Are we thankful for their company? Are we thankful they are our friends? Are we thankful that if something did happen, they would be there to help? We tend to take things for granted, and then when something happens, if everything doesn’t turn out perfect, we tend to point fingers. An example? The Tornadoes in OK two weeks ago (we need to be praying extra for the entire Midwest because this stormy season doesn’t appear to be even close to over) hit the town of Moore just south of Oklahoma City. One especially powerful tornado did most of the damage, from my understanding, and an elementary school was leveled, killing children and adults. This tragedy became a national conversation immediately because the school lacked what is called a “safe room”, which is a room that is supposed to be built to withstand the power of extremely strong winds like those from a tornado. It was as if the media was blaming the school system for the deaths of these people and the people who were interviewed who lived there seemed to agree. My question is, were these tornadoes REALLY a surprise? After all, they live in what’s called “Tornado Alley”, so it is unlikely that the possibility of a tornado really was minimal. However, the parents still sent their children to this school with no complaints about the lack of a safe room in the years and weeks leading up to this storm.
My point is, if these things are truly our top priority, we must make sure that we provide them before anything happens. It’s pretty simple. Actually, the existence of a safe room would never guarantee the safety of anyone during a powerful storm, because anything manmade is not going to be able to withstand nature’s power. Nature is flexible within seconds. Meaning, the wind can change in the blink of an eye and go from 0 to 300 mph. We can make nothing that is that flexible and adaptable, and that would be the only thing that could counter such power for even a moment. No, we just fail to see the possibilities and prepare. It’s not our fault, we are not supposed to be psychic, we are supposed to trust God. We are to trust Him in the calm AND in the storm. Yes, we are to prepare to our best capabilities, but if our preparations fall short, pointing fingers is the last thing we should do. We should be praying for our neighbors, communities and country so God can direct us in making the right decisions and preparations and we can actually recognize His direction and obey.
I’m not going into the whole Obama controversy. All I can say is this, what can create more change? Complaining about the government or praying to Almighty God that He will guide our country in the right way so we will repent and obey Him while He provides divine protection for us all? I heard over 40 years of complaints about our government and all I’ve seen is this country move further away from Him and become more destitute and violent. I am quite comfortable choosing God and His provision. I trust in Him fully that He makes the right path for me and I will do my best to follow. I will pray for my government and country, that He will guide us all and I will live my life in peace. I believe that is what Paul was telling Timothy and us. No blame, just prayer.
thankful1 Timothy 2: 1-6