Week 34 Tuesday

Established by God

Today’s scripture selection: First Chronicles 10-14

Key verse: First Chronicles 14:2

“And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.”

How do you know when you’ve “made it” to the top?

What are the criteria you use to know that you’ve achieved the success you’ve always wanted or accomplished the most important of your goals in life?

For some, it’s a matter of

  • Material wealth
  • Social or political power
  • Fame
  • Freedom
  • A happy family
  • A certain level of education or expertise
  • Or any number of other things

But for David – it was that his kingdom had been established by the LORD.

He was a man of faith.  Not a perfect man; but a man of faith nonetheless.  He was a great warrior – what the scriptures call a “mighty man of God.”  But his accomplishments in that arena had more to do with his faithfulness to God than his swordsmanship or physical strength.  He was hated by some and loved by many more.  But his self-esteem and sense of self-worth wasn’t based on how many friends he had.

He remembered that God was the one who had called him; strengthened him; protected him; and ultimately established him as the king over a chosen people.  And little did he know that he would be known for something even more.  For from the “house of David” would come the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

What’s your standard?  How do you know you have accomplished what you are called to do?

How about being able to be known as a “mighty” man or woman of God?

Now that’s what I call being established.

Prayer: Almighty God, may I live to faithfully fulfill your calling for me.  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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