Week 39 Tuesday

No God Like God

Today’s scripture selection: Second Chronicles 6-10

Key verse: Second Chronicles 6:14

Solomon said, “LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth – you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.”

People love to make comparisons.

We like to compare

  • Who has the most money or possessions
  • Who has the prettiest wife or handsomest husband
  • Who has the best job or office
  • Who has the coolest car
  • Who has the biggest house
  • Who has the smartest kid
  • And so it goes

But when wise king Solomon compared the God of Israel to all the other lesser “gods” that others followed – he came to a quick conclusion.  There was no comparison that could be made.

“…there is no God like you in heaven or on earth…”

That says it all, doesn’t it?

Do we feel that way about God?  Have we taken the time to ponder the depth of God’s love; the width of God’s mercy; the magnificence not just of what God has done but who God is?

It is worth pondering that on a regular basis.

Not because we want to act better than anyone else but simply because we are drawn to celebrate and give thanks.

It’s what “awe” is all about.

Prayer: Lord God Almighty, all merciful, all loving – there is simply no One like you.  May I always remember that glorious fact.  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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