Week 40 Tuesday

Faithful Always

Today’s scripture selection: Second Chronicles 11-15

Key verse: Second Chronicles 12:1

“After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the LORD.”

There are many stories of those who abandoned their faith in tough times.  There are plenty of accounts of those who, when the chips were down, decided that what the Scriptures say couldn’t be true.

But, unfortunately, there are also plenty of instances of people who abandoned God’s way when things were going their way.

You might think that prosperity would be readily seen as an answer to prayer; or success seen as a validation that one was traveling the right path spiritually.  But, human nature what it is, the temptation is too strong to move in another direction of thought.

What is that temptation?  It’s to think we “did it” all on our own.

Maybe it all comes down to simple pride.

But many times those who have done well following God’s way – at some point in their success – fall away just as quickly.  That’s what happened to a king named Rehoboam.

Difficulty can remind us of our need for God.

But when things go especially well – that’s a time when we should especially guard our faith in and attitude towards God.

What’s the opposite of pride?  A little healthy, spiritual humility.

Remember to give thanks when your prayers are answered; when living according to the precepts of your faith results in a good, serene, happy life.  Remember to be “faithful always” – not just in those times when you know, without question, you need God’s helpful intervention.

After all, isn’t that all the time?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always remember my dependency on your will and your way for my life.  And may I always be quick to give you the honor and the glory.  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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