Week 44 Monday


Today’s scripture selection: Deuteronomy 7-9

Key verses: Deuteronomy 8:10-18

“Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God…”


  • Things are going well
  • You have a full belly
  • Sleep comes easily
  • The bank account is nice and full
  • Everything’s going great at work
  • Your family is getting along
  • You have plenty of friends
  • Life is good

Sometimes, not always, but sometimes – we forget.

We forget to praise and thank the Source of all good gifts from above.  We have a tendency to take all the credit for all the good stuff that is happening.  And, should we do that, we are like the people of ancient Israel who had to be reminded never to forget the LORD.

It’s natural – it’s human nature.

To think, as Scripture puts it, that “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”

And it is then we need to hear Scripture’s counsel again:

“But remember the LORD your God; for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”

God loves us…always has…always will.

And that means that sometimes – many times, if you think about it, life is good.

That’s worth remembering.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your everlasting love, shown in so much blessing.  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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