Devotional – A Peaceful and Quiet Life

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But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7 ESV

First of all, then, I urge 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. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV

Jeremiah 29:4-23 records for us a divinely inspired letter written by the prophet Jeremiah to the Jewish exiles in Babylon. The letter, written near the beginning of the Babylonian exile, provided the newly arrived exiles with instructions for daily living, encouragement, and warnings regarding false prophets.

Among other things, the exiles were to “seek the welfare of the city” in which they were living. In other words, the exiles were to live as exemplary citizens. They were to conduct themselves in a manner that would benefit the larger community around them.

The exiles were also instructed to “pray to the Lord on [the city’s] behalf.” In addition to being model citizens the exiles were also instructed to petition God in prayer for the welfare of city– the city that was holding them captive!

In the New Testament we have been given similar instructions: to be good citizens (Romans 13:1, Mark 12:17), to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44), and to pray for those who are in political positions of authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Why?

“That we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 1 Timothy 2:2.

Lord, it is my desire to live a peaceful and quiet life. I desire to live a life that would reflect your love and character to the world around me. Help me to live godly and dignified in every way. For your glory. Amen.

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Editorial note: Originally published May 9, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

 

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