“This [praying for all people] is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4, NLT).

Because we’re human, we often forget God isn’t like us and assume he looks at people in the same way. We think those who’ve committed atrocities can’t or shouldn’t be forgiven and must suffer in some kind of hell. Some look at their lives and hope they’ll be forgiven but are afraid of God’s anger. And some are afraid for those who don’t accept Christ, agonizing over their fate or perhaps wondering if God casually writes them off without another thought.

This verse gives another wonderful clue about God. He doesn’t want anyone to spend eternity away from his presence. God really does love everyone and his desire is for each and every human being to accept his love and come to him as a Father. And if he desires everyone to be saved, he just might be powerful enough to make it happen. Is anyone out of his reach? Is death stronger than God? Is any sin too great that God would wring his hands and give up, admitting defeat? I think not. What God wants, it makes sense God will get.