Reason

Reason

Today’s Scripture Selection: Isaiah 1:18

“’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord.  ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’”

I’ve always liked this passage from the prophet Isaiah because it reminds me that God is “reasonable.”

What I mean is, God appeals to our whole selves – body, mind, spirit – and reason is a part of that.

Whatever it takes to reach us – that’s what God will employ:

  • Life circumstances
  • Life choices
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Our vocational choice
  • Our economic situation
  • Our health
  • What we think, feel, or do about any number of things
  • And much more.

God wants to reach us – with love and grace and hope and direction.

But we are “free” creatures – by His design.

So nothing is forced upon us.  We are not puppets on a string.

So – why not take God’s loving invitation to “reason” together with Him?

You might be surprised what you learn.

Prayer: Lord, use both my heart and mind to commune with me.  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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