Being Sure

Key Texts: Job 19:25-27; 2 Timothy 1:12

Do you ever feel as if the world is spinning just a little too fast out of control?

I know I do.

During my period of recovery from a nasty fall, and the resultant fractured shoulder, I have had plenty of time to watch the news.  In fact, I’ve had way too much time to watch the news.

  • Increasingly brutal violence springing up everywhere
  • An airliner being intentionally crashed into a mountainside claiming so many lives
  • Difficult and trying diplomatic (and not so diplomatic) negotiations dragging on and on with the possibility of nuclear warfare looming on the horizon
  • Diseases I’ve never heard of making their presence felt
  • Politicians I’ve heard way too much of making their presence felt
  • Road rage
  • Moral apathy
  • Record draught
  • Record snow
  • And that ice – that very dangerous ice – which was the cause of my downfall – literally.

Oh, Brother, give me a break.

Like I said, I’ve had way too much time to watch the news.

Happily, that’s not all I have had time to do.

I have also had more time to turn to my Bible and to my God – and there have found reassurance, and expectant hope, and the peace that “passeth all understanding.”

Sure, I’ve heard the news – much of it bad.

But more important, I’ve heard and seen and felt that “good news” – the gospel – once again as another Easter season has begun.

Two men powerfully exclaimed the very thing of which I speak.  One was named Job, the other was named Paul.  Between their two lives spanned hundreds of years of world events.  They lived very different lives, yet shared a common message:

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!”  (Job)

“I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”  (Paul)

They both suffered; they both endured; they both believed in the power and grace of the living God.

Being sure of something good is a wonderful thing.

Being sure of the promises of God is too wonderful a thing to ever fully describe.

“I know that my Redeemer lives….”

This Easter, through the risen Christ, that eternal truth lives on and uplifts me – no matter what.

How about you?

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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