3:16 Devotion April 14, 2020

3:16 Devotion April 14, 2020

“Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:2-4

I stopped watching the news a few days ago. I get really enraged with the blame game most politicians display, and the scarce disposition to cooperate with each other in making sure we are safe in this pandemic.

It is quite frustrating, but this verse makes me think that Timothy was feeling kind of the same. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul urges that prayer be made on behalf of all men —particularly rulers —to the end that we may have a peaceful existence conducive to the Christian life.

It brings me comfort to know that God wants everyone to be saved. Psalm 75:3 says “When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.” Everything is in God’s hands and that gives me peace. The Creator holds us in his loving hands.

It is very important, as Paul says, we pray for our leaders and trust God will help them love and assist their constituents. It is kind of like helping run the country.

“Lord, we pray for our leaders and those who are in authority during this tribulation. Only you, Lord, can give them discernment and courage to do what it’s necessary to keep your people safe. Clean their hearts from any personal temptation or pride, and help them focus in the common good. Give them wisdom. Give them empathy with those who are suffering. Give them creativity to find novel solutions for a situation they haven’t faced before. It’s all in your hands, Lord, and we trust you because you are faithful and your love is forever. Amen.

-Liliana Mariano