Week 21 Tuesday

Leaving a Worthy Legacy

Today’s scripture selection: Second Samuel 20-23

Key verse: Second Samuel 23:3b-5

     Without question, David had lived a long, turbulent, but ultimately fruitful life.

     His last words are recorded in scripture, which begin:

     “’When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’”

     Not many of us can say we “rule” over people in any sense of the word.  But David’s legacy might well be one we should seek.  Not to rule – but to live a life that, above all, honors God.

     David wasn’t a perfect man – far from it.  He had failed many times.  But He was also a man of faith.  And he was a man who could admit his sins and humbly come back to God when he had strayed; trusting God would renew his heart and accept him back.

     And because of that, when it was all over, he could claim unashamedly that he had indeed “ruled” in righteousness.

     Not only that, as we see the biblical story unfold, we learn that it was from David’s line that the long awaited Messiah comes.  Jesus – the “Son of David” – ruling on David’s throne for all time.

     What a legacy: to be part of the salvation of all people from their sins when only a sinner himself.

     Who knows what God might have in store for you?

     So take a lesson from the shepherd boy turned king:

     When you live your life seeking God, you can be like the sunlight on a cloudless morning; the brightness after a storm.

     Who wouldn’t want a legacy like that?

Prayer: Father, I seek Your light and Your will, that my life might be radiant as it reflects them.  AMEN.














By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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