Today’s Scripture Selection: Genesis 5:24

“Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”

The theologians talk about God in very specific terms:

  • God is omniscient
  • God is omnipresent
  • God is omnipotent

And all this adds up to a concept of God as being beyond our limited ability to fully understand and appreciate.

I don’t dispute that.  I am sure that if we suddenly came face to face with God – without some divine intervention – we would surely be overwhelmed.

But the curious thing is – in one place – Scripture is very clear about the accessibility of God.

“Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”

What a powerfully wonderful description of how a mere mortal can be in communion with the Almighty, Everlasting God.

Now, you might respond – “Well, that was Enoch – not me!”

And I certainly don’t mean to minimize who Enoch was or the obvious depth of his spiritual character.

But the passage does give me hope.

It gives me hope that, despite my faults, despite my limitations, even despite my sins – by the grace of God – maybe I can “walk” with God too.

It doesn’t mean I believe myself to be some amazing saint.

It means I believe God loves me – loves us – loves everyone enough – to want an intimate, everlasting, relationship with us.

What a wonderful gift of grace that is.

Prayer: Lord, help me to walk with you, now and always.  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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