Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 87-89
Key verse: Psalm 89:34
Life is full of things that are easily broken.
That’s part of the harsh reality of the world…
- Commitments are broken
- Promises are broken
- Hearts are broken
- People are broken
- Even our relationship with God can be broken
At least when it comes to our part in breaking what the Bible calls a “covenant.”
But one of the most beautiful aspects of the promise of God in scripture is that if the covenant between God and his people is broken, it’s not because of Him.
Once made – God never breaks a covenant.
The testimony of scripture, and history backs this up, is that God keeps His covenant, no matter what.
The Psalmist puts it this way:
(God says) “I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.”
Are there consequences we must suffer for being unfaithful? Yes.
Is pain and loss sometimes a necessary component to our learning just how beautiful and valuable our relationship with God is? Yes again.
But is the nature of God’s covenant with us that if we fail; if we let Him down – he will follow suit? Not at all.
Time and again – God in His grace gives us another chance, and another, and yet another….
“I will not alter what my lips have uttered.”
And what has God said over and over again?
That we are loved.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you, that even when I prove unfaithful to the covenant you have with me, you forgive and allow it to be established again. 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.
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