Week 23 Tuesday

A Throne Forever

Today’s scripture selection: First Kings 5-9

Key verses: First Kings 9:4-5

     “As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness…and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne…forever.”

     Solomon was a very wise, and a very faithful, man.  When he could have asked for great riches and power – he asked for wisdom from God.  He built a great temple and a great palace.  But most important of all, he built upon a great relationship with his God.

     That’s a wonderful example of us who feel called to do a little building of our own.

     As we go about our business, meeting goals; overcoming challenges and reaching new heights – we would do well to remember this conditional promise between God and Solomon.

     If…

  • You walk before me
  • Faithfully
  • With integrity of heart and uprightness

Then…

  • I will establish your royal throne forever.

 

It’s a great model for us to follow.  It’s not about negotiating with a powerful God so that we will be rich and powerful beyond our wildest dreams.

It’s not about skillfully negotiating a business contract with God – quid pro quo – so that we and God both experience a “win-win”.

It’s about being a man or woman of faith and integrity – and the rewards that come from living such a noble life in God’s, or anyone’s, eyes.

Prayer: Almighty God, lead me always, to be a person of integrity, that what I do – and who I am – is firmly established forever.  And may the honor, and glory, by Yours.  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 for “expectant hope.” 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, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. 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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