Who Is A God Like You?

Who Is A God Like You?

Key Text: Micah 7:18

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?

I love the question, don’t you?

“Who is a God like you…?”

That brief question offered up long ago speaks to me of several things.

It reminds that God is personal.

We need not fear that God is detached, uninterested, uncaring, too far beyond our daily concerns and needs to care.

It reminds me that God is compassionate.

We need not fear that we can somehow do something so terrible, so unforgiveable that our God will abandon us forever.

It reminds me that God cares about even the “remnant of his inheritance.”

We need not fear that God will only love us if all are always faithful and do the “right” thing.

Who is a God like you, Lord?

Almighty

Omniscient

Omnipresent

Eternal

Powerful

Holding everything and everyone in the palm of your mighty hand

Yet most of all

Loving and Forgiving

Who is a God like you, Lord?

There is no comparison.

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 for “expectant hope.” 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, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. 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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