1 Timothy 2 may raise lots of questions in our minds. What does it look like for people to live "peaceful and quiet lives" when the government is opposed to God? What does it mean to "dress modestly"? Does that mean women should never have braided hair or wear gold earrings or a pearl necklace? Are women allowed to teach or to have authority over a man at all or only in certain areas?
I would encourage you to wrestle with these issues and to especially explore what the Bible says elsewhere about these topics. One verse may tell us all that we need to know but normally there are other passages in the Bible which help us to gain a fuller perspective.
What is clear in 1 Timothy 2 is that God's heart is for unity. God's desire is that the whole universe would be experiencing his shalom (peace/wholeness) and working together for God's glory. This passage specifically mentions the government, men and women.
God desires the government and God's people to be interacting in a way that is good for all people. Men should be using their words to honor God and not tear into others. Women (and men) should draw attention away from themselves and on to God. The spotlight of all of our lives should be on God, his glory and on others.
We all should pursue faithfulness where God has placed us and a contentment with who God has made us. He has made us different genders and ethnicities, and given us different vocations but all of us are to work together to bring God glory.
Question of the day: How can you more effectively pursue unity?
Father God, thank you for who you have made me. I am not an accident, but was made by you, for your glory. Help me to live in a way that glorifies you and where I pursue unity with others. Help me to encourage others and grow in contentment for who you have made me. Amen.