Today’s Scripture Selection: Proverbs 8:34

“Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.”

How’s your hearing?

Specifically, how’s your spiritual hearing?

If it’s in good working order, you will understand the importance of the above section from the Book of Proverbs.

Who calls us to “listen” carefully?  Wisdom.

Wisdom calls us all to keep our ears wide open for instruction.  And who offers that instruction?  It’s God, of course.

The section from Proverbs continues:

“For whoever finds me (wisdom) finds life and receives favor from the LORD.”

Of course, to do this, we have to tune out a few things:

  • Worthless chatter
  • Insensitive gossip
  • Cruel rumors
  • Foul humor
  • Wrong advice
  • Popular, but wrong, counsel

Only if we tune out this “noise” can we hear the still, small and very wise voice of God.

So how’s your hearing?

I hope it’s in good working order; because God has a whole lot of wisdom to share with you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, open my eyes – and my ears – to all you have to say.  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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