Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 5:4

“After this Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival in the wilderness.’”

How did they do it?  Where did they find the courage?

The only answer I have ever been able to come up with is that they didn’t do it – God did.

Oh, don’t get me wrong.  Moses and Aaron must have been extraordinary individuals at some level.  (Although you can make a good argument that God does His best work with the weakest of vessels.)

My point, however, is that God must have been so at the center of their lives – so much in control of what was unfolding, not just for them but for all those involved – that their own ability, or lack of it, mattered little.

I think that often we find the courage to do God’s work in the world when we, for lack of a better way of saying it, just “get out of the way.”

When we are willing to become instruments of God’s redeeming work, when we are willing to become servants in some great, broader plan than we could ever imagine ourselves – that is when nothing can deter us.

Fear has no place in the great undertakings of God.

And courage, it comes not from within, but from the source of all there is and all there ever will be.

Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh not because they wanted to – but because the great “I AM” sent them.

And ultimately, in the face of that, how could they fail?

Prayer: Almighty God, fill me with courage, to do your will.  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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