Week 28: True Security

Today’s Text: Ezekiel 25-30

Key Text: Ezekiel 28:25-26

The judgment goes on and on, against nation after nation.

The prophet speaks with bold authority: against Ammon, Moab and Seir, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, and Egypt. History can attest to how these nations came under divine condemnation.

Then, nestled there in the midst of judgment and wrath, there is one little bit of reassurance, just a few verses, but they are powerful indeed. They speak of Israel.

“Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their own land that I gave to my servant Jacob. And they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God. “

Are we talking about ancient history, or prophesy that looks to the present day or well into the future? These are matters of debate among Biblical scholars and politicians today.

For our purposes, I will leave it at this.

Divine security – is true security.

No matter what the headlines scream, no matter what our inner voices echo in response, we are called to keep our faith strong and rest in the knowledge that God will watch over us.

Whether that security is experienced at the international, national, local, or personal level – how could there be greater security than that promised to us by God?

Still, we too often place our trust in our own means – our own power – our own wisdom – our own resources.

Time and again, people who have done that – trusted only in themselves – have come up short.

So trust in the security promised to Israel long ago. Trust in God.

Ultimately, that’s the only real security there is.

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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