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The exact meaning of Selah is unknown. Scholars believe it may be a musical term that means to pause and reflect. So with that thought in mind, I would like end this year by pausing for a moment to reflect and thank the Lord for His goodness and many blessings:

  • Thousands have read my book, The Greatest Moment.
  • Hundreds of Thousands have pondered my writings in Anthologies.
  • Millions upon Millions have been encouraged by my Devotionals.

Moreover, The Greatest Moment has impacted people all across the United States and worldwide. Some of the places include Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Palau, Mexico, and several countries in Africa. And those are just a few of the ones I know about; no doubt, there are many others.

In all these things, God deserves the credit and adoration.

Thank you Lord!

Charles Earl Harrel



Pondering God’s Purpose

pondering in prayerPondering God’s Purpose

After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion (Luke 1:24).

Scripture: Luke 1:24, 25
Song: “Alone with God”

I needed a break—or at least a short sabbatical. Maybe our church building project had affected me more than I realized. Although I enjoyed being a minister, my heart was somewhere else these days. My interests were changing. After decades of ministry, did God have other plans for me? Why would God ask me to start writing now?

I needed time to mull things over. I remembered that the apostle Paul sought solitude after his conversion experience on the Damascus Road. He allowed time for God’s message to saturate his heart (see Galatians 1:16–18). Moses spent time on Mount Sinai. Elijah rested by a brook. Jesus himself sought out the quietness of the wilderness. In seclusion, they all communed with the Father. Similarly, Elizabeth remained by herself to reflect on the favor of God.

We today also need time alone with God. Thankfully, He draws us to “isolated places” in our lives that we might simply wait on Him. In the quiet, we can ponder His goodness and learn more of His purposes.

Draw me away, Oh Lord, to that secret place of prayer. Help me listen closely for Your still, small voice. In Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.

“Pondering God’s Purpose” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2007 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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