HOW TO LIVE PEACEFUL AND QUIET LIVES    by Parson Don

As a youngster on the family farm in Louisiana, I often heard a certain statement made with great exasperation: "There aught to be a law against that." I heard this so often that I became weary of hearing it. Now, well over 60 years after the first time I heard this proclamation between local, state and federal governments, we are so over-laden with countless numbers of laws, that at in given hour of any day, laws are being so recklessly broken, it is scary. We do not need more laws, just enforce the ones we have. Further, we need more godly living, accompanied with more understanding between those who profess to be Christian, and more Christian love and kindness toward those who are not. Those of us who are Christian need to be certain that our every action is portraying our profession.

In recent weeks there has been much ado about stopping President Obama on first this, then that. Others are urging to sign petitions or write our representatives in Washington to stop this or that legislation from becoming law. For the most part, though perhaps not entirely, I am sympathetic to these concerns and warnings. But, may I ask - is it possible we are going about making positive changes, protecting our Constitution and our flag, our American way of life, all in the wrong way?

Many people the past few weeks, including myself, have been avidly ministering to others of the need for God's people to pray, reciting II Chronicles 7:14. This is good. However, I have been doing further study and research on this text and found that God's Word, in regards to our personal, family and national problems, has a far broader sweep.

My studies lead me to a passage in II Timothy 2:1, 2. It reads in part, "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- FOR KINGS AND THOSE IN AUTHORITY, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives . . . ." (Emphasis added) NIV. We are further urged by the apostle Paul to "Pray continually", I Thes. 5:18 NIV (KJV: - Pray without ceasing).

Daniel, after interpreting a dream for King Nebuchadnezzar, told him, "You will be driven away from people and will live with wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge THAT THE MOST HIGH IS SOVEREIGN OVER THE KINGDOMS OF MEN AND GIVES THEM TO ANYONE HE WISHES." (emphasis added) Dan. 4:25 - NIV

While on earth Christ promised: ASK and receive; SEEK and find; KNOCK and it will be opened. Christ gave his church awesome power, if we will only use it, and stop our constant gripping and wringing our hands with "Woe is me!" Rulers on this earth are subject to being over-ruled by the God of heaven, Jehovah-Jirah, if only the church will fall to her knees and pray for our national, and yes, world leaders.

Jeremiah wrote to Israel while exiled in Babylon. Among other things he said, ". . . seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I (God) have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, YOU TOO WILL PROSPER." (emphasis added) Jer. 29:7 - NIV.

Our prayers for public officials should have a large scope and cover the interests of all mankind. Special emphasis is laid on the duty of intercession in behalf of the rulers of America, and, yes, of the earth, even though they may be heathen or unsaved and hostile to the Gospel. There must be no narrowness in the spirit of God's praying warriors, as God cares for all men. Christ made the Gospel available for everyone. Therefore let the prayers of the church, the saints of God, ascend to God through Christ in behalf of "all men", and, yes, even those officials whom we do not wish to be in an official position. Since it is God's will that all men be saved, it then, behooves us to pray for everyone.

At the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin made a notable statement that has been ringing across the pages of history for now over 200 years. I will paraphrase it for now, in our current perilous times: "I HAVE LIVED A LONG TIME, SIR, A LONG TIME, AND THE LONGER I LIVE, THE MORE CONVINCING PROOFS I SEE OF THIS TRUTH -- THAT GOD GOVERNS IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN. AND IF A SPARROW CANNOT FALL TO THE GROUND WITHOUT HIS NOTICE, IS IT PROBABLE THAT AMERICA CAN REMAIN ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY AND WORLD POWER WITHOUT HIS AID?"

Is God calling you to do that which is "far more abundantly" beyond all that you can achieve? His awesome power will be unleashed in response to the prayers of His saints.


Just a thought from Parson Don across the Garden Gate


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