Week 51 God is Always Available to Us

By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger)

Week 51

Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 29-31

Key Scripture Verses: Deuteronomy 30: 11-14 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up to heaven, so that you have to ask, ‘Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?’ No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”

Moses told the people regularly that if they worshiped God and followed his laws and decrees, they would be blessed with prosperity and life with God vs. death and destruction. He is reminding them again of God’s laws before they enter The Promised Land. Here, he tells them that God’s will is accessible to them. If they worship God and follow the law, they will know in their hearts what is right and God’s word will be right at their own lips, so that they will know what to say and how to respond.

Moses has made it clear that there can be no excuses for any of the Jews not to know what God asks of them.

This is true for Christians today, as well. Jesus came to tell us and to show us how to live and how to worship God. He taught the scriptures of the Old Testament and taught his disciples how to worship and follow God’s will. He taught the Disciples to become Apostles and to spread his love and truth to the world. Because of their faithfulness, we are able to know him, too.

Christians have the Holy Bible, the inspired Word of God. Jesus himself is The Word who became flesh and bones to show us the way. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John1:14).

If we read our Bibles and really know the scriptures, spend time in prayer, worship, and praise of Jesus Christ, and follow his commandments, we will also reap the blessings of his love. We will have God himself close to us at all times, accessible for help at any time. It will not be too difficult or out of our reach to do his will and to obey him.

“’No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.’”

 

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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