1. A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (ESV)
2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth
Live a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. Dignified. Godly. Quiet. Peaceful. That sounds good as turbulent as my life has been for the last year. That’s some good instruction from our Father. Yet, I know a lot of folks who, while claiming to want it, mock the words, do not respond to the rebukes and corrections. It’s the insanity thing – doing the same thing the same way and expecting different results. It’s akin to trying to break up a large rock with your head. Our instruction is to listen to our Father. The promises are that life will be better. Not necessarily easier (quite possibly harder), but better.
It’s an amazing process, thanksgivings, intercessions, prayers, and supplications. We come to ask God for our needs and the needs of others. The needs of others whether they know they need it or not. These are instructions from our Father. He listens to us too.
35. Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
The truth is that peace, serenity, dignity and righteousness are all within our reach. :Whoever comes to me” is a promise. It’s the light home on the dark path of every day. It’s the food that nourishes our soul and our mind. It’s the most important instruction from our Father. It’s our Father’s promise of love.
1 Corinthians 4:20
20. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
To know that the kingdom of God is power, not of idle boasts and empty promises, brings hope to the reality of the promises; it makes the instructions, it make the promises, meaningful and gives them credence.
Listen to your father.