We saw yesterday that God's will is for His people to PRAY for all men, especially for those who sit in positions of authority and who make the decisions that directly affect our lives, our livelihood and our peace of mind. There is nothing that calms us down, corrals our wandering thoughts, dispels the swarm of doubts and brings us God's answers of peace more than prayer in general and prayer for those whose decisions directly affect us.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1 Timothy 2:1-3
Our prayers, especially relating to those in authority, are so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. Interestingly, these prayers are NOT to change the world or usher in some huge event that we instigate or lead. No, our prayers for those who are in authority are that those decisions will allow us to lead our lives in a state of quietness and peace, godliness and honesty.
The word lead is the Greek word diago which is a combination of dia (through) and ago (to lead). This word means to lead or pass through. In other words, diago is referring to how we pass through this life. This word introduces HOW we are to live the years we have on this earth.
God's will is that we lead a quiet and peaceable life. These two similar words both relate a sense of tranquility but there are differences between them. The word translated quiet means tranquil, composed (not agitated or distracted) and placid (totally calm, not easily excited, upset or disturbed). This word perfectly describes the lake so calm, looking at it is like looking into a mirror.
The word translated peaceable means absolute quietness, stillness and rest. This word communicates the state of being totally undisturbed from what is happening without (outside of yourself). Associated words to the one used here in 1 Timothy 2:2 refer to not talking but rather being utterly silent. More than anything else, this word describes the state of perfect rest.
Put together, these two words powerfully communicate the will of God for His people during the turbulent times in which we live. Rather than getting all riled up and bent out of shape about everything happening around us, we should pray for those who sit in authority and make the decisions that enable us to to live our lives in a state of tranquility, stillness and rest in God's promises.
This tranquility and peace is IN all godliness and honesty. Ultimately, as we have seen many times in the book of Timothy, one of the most important things we must strive to guard and remain strong in is our relationship with God and the personal devotions we do that allow us to freely worship and praise our Lord. There is not tranquility and peace in religion but rather in the depth of the personal relationship one has with God that is energized by the worship and praise in our hearts for God.
Put together, the quiet, peaceful and godly lives we lead define honesty. This fascinating word implies decency, dignity, seriousness and living one's life in strict adherence to the highest principles set forth in God's Word. This word honesty has been translated dignified seriousness by some and I believe it is a perfect definition. We are to carry ourselves in a manner that leads others to God. Not being religious, but by allowing the peace and tranquility of God to live through us because of our relationship with God and our absolute conviction that no matter what, we will never compromise the truth.
All these things, when combined, are good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. In other words, this is what God wants and what we should want to therefore do in our lives.
Quiet and peaceful. When left to my own devices my life tends to be noisy and turbulent. What I need to do instead is obey God which includes praying for those in authority on a regular basis and rest upon His word. Then I will be like an albatross who peacefully rides on the waves.