Daily Devotional – Tuesday May 23 2006
1 Timothy 2:1 - 6
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
Oh to be able to use the English language in such an effective way as this. This short passage illustrates how simply God’s word can be communicated and also that it does not take many words to do it. In the 5 verses and under 100 well chosen words, God’s message is clear. We are instructed to humble ourselves and to offer supplications, thanksgivings and to pray for ALL men; to humble ourselves and NOT to pray for ourselves but for all men.
We are told to pray for Kings and others in high places that they will rule and govern wisely so that we can lead the kind of life God intends us to lead. This acknowledges that life without God’s grace and blessing is not quiet, peaceable and godly. Left to our own devises, life without God is not what it should be.
God wants something better for us and has made the “Good Life” available through Jesus Christ and his sacrifice.
I need to be reminded regularly that I am not God. The good life I have is a gift from the grace of God. It is a gift I do not deserve. I must humble myself and pray for others and be thankful. But just doing that is not enough. I will be judged not by my good intentions but by my good actions.
But I must start by being humble.
John Dickie, May 23, 2006