Week 43 Tuesday

Watch Your Strength

Today’s scripture selection: Second Chronicles 25-28

Key verses: Second Chronicles 26:5; 16.

“He set himself to seek God…and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper….But when he had become strong he grew proud, to his destruction.”

Uzziah was a good king.  That is, as long as he “sought the LORD.”  But, when he grew so strong that his pride overtook him, it was “to his destruction.”

That’s an important lesson for all of us – whether we are technically in a position of “power” or not.

People of the kingdom must always remember one thing – no matter

  • Who they are
  • What responsibilities they have been given
  • What privileges they enjoy
  • They are “as one under authority.”

And who is that authority? The King of course – not of any particular country or province – but the King – of everything – that’s who.

When we acknowledge before God and others that He is our ultimate authority – it does a couple of important things.

It simplifies things – we, and everyone around us, know who is in charge.

It strengthens us – because we know we operate not under our own steam, our own authority, but under His.

It calms us – because we need not be anxious that “everything depends on us.”  We can act, in sincere faith, and leave the consequences to God.

So, watch your strength.

If you find yourself trusting too much in your own strength; good looks; good humor; your money; your power; your title…or anything like that, you are going to find yourself on thin ice.

If you can honestly say that you are doing the best you can, in your own time and place, to act according to God’s will for your life – you can rest on solid ground.

And that solid ground is a very good place to be.

Prayer: Lord, thank you, for leading me in the way I should go.  And may the honor and glory be yours.  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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