Week 45 Monday

Creative Editing

Today’s scripture selection: Deuteronomy 10-12

Key verses: Deuteronomy 12:32

“See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.”

Now and then, I think it’s helpful to remember something…

God doesn’t need an editor.

We know that, of course.  We know “He wrote the book” – that is The Book.  And obviously we can, if we are people of faith (not to mention people of the Book), readily attest to the fact that the Creator of the universe can certainly say what needs to be said when it needs to be said.

Still, it’s easy to do.

It’s easy to fudge a bit when we find what has been said makes us feel uncomfortable.

It’s easy to say, “Well, I know it says that, but we live in a different world; I think what God probably means is…”

And there you go.  We have edited God.

Moses, a long time ago, felt compelled to warn the people he led about this temptation.

“…do not add to it or take away from it.”

It was a challenge to do then; sometimes it’s still a challenge to do today.

But the promise of Scripture; God’s promise – is very clear.

We have, in all our smaller choices, a reflection of the one really big choice – to follow God faithfully, where He leads, and not where we want to go – or not.

I am sure some will say that is simplistic and that life is too complicated for such an approach.

But I don’t think so.

I think God means what God says.

That’s why I respectfully stand in awe of judgment.

It’s also why I joyfully and thankfully trust in grace.

Prayer: Lord, I believe you and your Word.  Help me to always take it seriously – and faithfully.  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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