The Voice

The Voice

Today’s Scripture Selection: Numbers 7:89

“When Moses entered the tent of meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the atonement cover on the Ark of the Covenant law. In this way the LORD spoke to him.”

These days, it is a popular TV show – a game with contestants and judges – “The Voice” – but to Moses “the Voice” was something altogether different.

Can you imagine hearing the voice of God?

Do you believe you have heard it?

In modern society, talk about “hearing” God literally and you are likely to find yourself committed to a mental care facility.

For Moses, it was anything but his imagination.

Here, in this book about holiness, we are reminded that Moses had a unique relationship to God and that because of his relationship with God life is radically different for us all.

No wonder so many have written about his life and tried to understand it.

I am content to simply ponder what that mysterious presence must have been like so long ago.  I marvel at not a God – but THE God – who cares about us so much that this holy communication is done in such a mysterious, powerful, and intimate way.

I don’t hear the voice of God – at least not in some deep, booming movie studio kind of way.

I do, however, believe that God communicates with me – with us all – in ways that are just as powerful and meaningful.

Every time God does that – there is great possibility for change, growth, service, love, hope, and faith.

Can you hear it?  The Voice.

Listen carefully, and prayerfully, each time you do.

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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