“… That we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” I Timothy 2:2 (NIV)
When it comes to fiction, nothing makes for a satisfying page-turner like conflict. Whether it’s a daughter standing up to her overbearing mother-in-law, a detective chasing a serial killer, or a brave starship captain standing up to invading aliens, conflict draws us in, keeping us up late into the night while we read on to see who will prevail.
Conflict in our own lives is not nearly so satisfying. As much as a good book can help us unwind after a long day, personal conflict can have the opposite effect. Disputes with others can consume our thoughts, rob us of our joy, and distract us from more important things. Worse still, it can trigger us to think, act, and talk in ways we wish we did not.
The good news is this: God wants something better for us. Paul, writing to Timothy, exhorted him to lives of peace and quiet that, in turn, would be full of godliness and holiness. How do we get there? Paul told Timothy to offer petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving for all people, including those in authority. Then, when our prayers and thoughts are in the right place, it brings us to a place of peace and quiet … which, in turn, enables us to be more like Christ!
Prayer: God, please help me to live a quiet and peaceable life, so that my life is a mirror of you. Guide me toward the spiritual habits that will help me get there. In Jesus name, Amen.
Joshua A. Johnston grew up reading the grand masters of science fiction and still devotes more time to their endless galaxies than he really should. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and two daughters. His next book, Into The Void, comes out February 6th.