In our world today, there is an unprecedented need for peace. Almost every day brings more unsettling news and the urging that we pray for peace in this broken world. Paul urged us “First of all…that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” Why was this an urgent issue for Paul? He next two verses give us the answer. “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1Timothy 2:1–4).
As to these verses, John Piper gives us an observation about our culture that we must consider. “One of the great obstacles to victory is when people are swept up into social, political, and militaristic conflicts that draw away their attention, time, energy, and creativity from the real battle of the universe…the salvation of the lost and the perseverance of the saints.”
The obstacles he refers to are only temporary. The saving of the lost has eternal consequences! Which are you occupied with and putting your time and energy into?
Piper, John, Let the Nations be Glad, Baker Academic, 2003, page 50.
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