Week 29 Tuesday

Well Guided

Today’s scripture selection: Second Kings 11-16

Key verses: Second Kings 12:1-3

     In ancient Israel kings came and went – frequently.  Some were pretty good; some were extremely evil; and some were very young when they began to rule.

     Take young Joash for example.  He was only seven years old when his reign began.  Happily for him, he was well guided – by a priest named Jehoiada.  Consequently, the scripture can proclaim “Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.”

     Still – there were problems.

     The “high places” – the places of false, idolatrous worshiped, remained – and with them the problems.

     Well, thankfully, you and I haven’t been asked to guide a nation as a seven-year-old or, for that matter, at any age.  But we still face a similar challenge to Joash’s.

     In the face of false religion and false idols – we have to be willing to be “well guided” along the right path.

     There are so many choices; so many alternative ideas.  How do we sort through it all and keep on a straight path?

     I know of only one way: by turning faithfully and regularly to God’s word.

     The people with whom you socialize; work; play; perhaps even worship probably won’t be seen offering sacrifices and burning incense at your local neighborhood “high place” any time soon.

     But that doesn’t mean they aren’t drawn in the wrong direction, spiritually speaking.

     So you must be on your guard – for yourself, and your family, and your community.

     You need to be willing to ask the hard questions about your life, and be guided to the right answers by God.

We aren’t seven-year-old kings or queens.  But we need guidance every single day.  God’s word can provide that guidance – every time.

Prayer: Lord, may I be drawn to your Word daily for the inspiration, guidance, and protection only you can provide.  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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