Sunday, August 21, 2011

Trading Your Jeremiah 10:21 Day For a 1 Timothy 2 Discipline

The other day, while looking for an entirely different verse, I stumbled upon this little gem in Jeremiah. 

“It's because our leaders are stupid.
   They never asked God for counsel,
And so nothing worked right.
   The people are scattered all over.”
                   – Jeremiah 10:21, The Message

Now I’ll confess, I laughed out loud … and read that first line over and over just for the pleasure of it. Let’s face it, sometimes our leaders are just stupid. They say stupid things, they do stupid things and, well, you just can’t figure out how they ever got elected as Chairman, Mayor, Grand Poobah, Whatever and you just shake your head because clearly they are not seeking God’s counsel which is why nothing is working right and no one is loyal to them.

But …

Perhaps if we took a regular dose of 1 Timothy 2:1-4, our perspective would be different – the outcome would be different.

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth” 

                     – 1 Timothy 2:1-4, The Message

Maybe, just maybe, if we put more effort, frequency and sincerity behind praying for our leadership, their hearts would be changed and they wouldn’t be so … well, stupid. Maybe if we lifted them up to God, they would begin to seek God’s counsel and things would start to work out right giving us a reason to be loyal to them. 

We don’t have control over what are leaders do or what they say, just about the only thing we do have control over (besides voting them in or out) is praying for them – and that’s more powerful for the vote itself if you think about it.

So get on it!

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