When They Heard

When They Heard

Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 4:31

“And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.”

It’s a wonderful example of a people in need responding to the news that God cares about them.

Oppressed by harsh taskmasters, trying to keep their faith alive in a foreign land with strange and very different beliefs than their own, they were no doubt very discouraged.

Then via Moses they received the news that “the LORD was concerned about them” and, even more, “had seen their misery.”  How that must have comforted this captive people.

We too need to be reminded that God cares.

It is so easy to become discouraged or have our faith shaken at times.

Have you heard about God’s concern?

I mean, have you really heard – not just with your ears – but with a heart of faith?

If you have, I hope that you are encouraged.  God sees our misery.  God understands our pain and our circumstances, even more than we can.  God cares.

That truth is at the heart of the gospel and at the heart of our release from bondage, whatever its source.

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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