Today’s Scripture Selection: First Chronicles 28.9

It is some of the best advice a father could ever give his son:

“….acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.  If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”

That’s what David – after all the ups and downs, all the victories and defeats of his life – had to say to his son Solomon.  Solomon followed that advice – and became one of the greatest kings, and wisest men, who ever lived.

It’s still sound advice today.  Seek God with wholehearted devotion and a willing mind – and God will be found.

Are there times we feel estranged from God?  Yes, absolutely.

Are there times when we can feel as if we are just inching along in the morning fog, barely able to see where next to step?  Yes.

But can we count on the promises of scripture that God desires to be found – especially in moments like that?  I believe we can.

It’s not a game of “hide and seek.”

It is an ever evolving process of spiritual formation and development, by which we find our way home.

David was right.  The LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.

That might make us feel a little uneasy, except for one thing.

God loves us so much, “that He gave His only begotten Son….”

You know the rest, don’t you?

So seek and serve God with everything you have and everything you are.  I promise you – you won’t be disappointed.

Prayer: Lord, guide my seeking heart, to fuller devotion and service.  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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