May 29: Blessed Sticky Notes
1 Chronicles 24:1–25:31; 2 Timothy 3:10–17; Psalm 89:1–22
A great friend of mine keeps sticky notes with prayer requests on a bathroom mirror. They serve as a reminder of the needs of others. This friend never seems to have an “off day” or feel sad about their particular situation. Maybe these notes play a part in that attitude, but that’s not why I find the practice remarkable. What astounds me is the effort to pray for others constantly. This person reminds me of God’s faithfulness in my life whenever things get tough, for me or others, and I’m grateful my name is on one of those notes. Otherwise, I think I would have lost my way several times already.
First Chronicles presents story after story of God’s faithfulness. The book records how God kept His people alive in the face of powerful adversaries, and it tells how God led David in his great appointment as king. Paul’s journey has several parallels with David’s. Just as the chronicler watches David’s narrative, as well as that of Israel in general (e.g., 1 Chr 24), Timothy watches Paul and the Christian church (2 Tim 3:10–17). Paul recounts to Timothy, “But you have faithfully followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, and sufferings that happened to me in Antioch, in Iconium, and in Lystra, what sort of persecutions I endured, and the Lord delivered me from all of them” (2 Tim 3:10–11). Timothy is more than a colleague; he is a true friend.
What a joy it is to have someone in your life who watches “your story.” Think how our lives might be different if we had more friends who faithfully prayed for us and we faithfully prayed for them. Following God is not just a matter of listening to His guidance; it’s also being aware of how His faithfulness is playing out in the lives of those around us.
Who can you be praying for? How can you commit to being a blessing to them? How can you regularly remind yourself to do so?
JOHN D. BARRY
- These are also the divisions of the sons of Aaron: The sons of Aaron were Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the Priests’s office. And David distributed them, even Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar according to their offices in their ministration. And there were found more of the sons of Eleazar by the number of men, than of the sons of Ithamar, and they divided them, to wit, among the sons of Eleazar, sixteen heads, according to the household of their fathers, and among the sons of Ithamar, according to the household of their fathers, eight. Thus they distributed them by lot the one from the other, and so the rulers of the Sanctuary and the rulers of the house of God were of the sons of Eleazar, and of the sons of Ithamar. And Shemaiah the son of Nethanel the Scribe of the Levites, wrote them before the king and the princes, and Zadok the Priest, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and before the chief fathers of the Priests and of the Levites, one family being reserved for Eleazar, and another reserved for Ithamar. And the first lot fell to Jehoiarib, and the second to Jedaiah, The third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, The fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin, The seventh to Hakkoz, the eight to Abijah, The ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah, The eleventh to Eliashib, the twelth to Jakim, The thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, The fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, The seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez, The nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezekel, The one and twenty to Jachin, the two and twent to Gamul, The three and twenty to Delaiah, the four and twenty to Maaziah. These were their orders according to their offices, when they entered into the house of the Lord according to their custom under the hand of Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him. And of the sons of Levi that remained of the sons of Amram, was Shubael, of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah, Of Rehabiah, even of the sons of Rehabiah, the first Isshiah, Of Izhari, Shelomoth, of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath, And his sons, Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth, The son of Uzziel was Michah, the son of Isshiah, Zechariah, The sons of Merari, were Mahli and Mushi, the son of Jaaziah was Beno, and Shoham, and Zaccur and Ibri. Of Mahli came Eleazar, which had no sons. Of Kish: the son of Kish was Jerahmeel, And the sons of Mushi were Mahli, and Eder, and Jerimoth: these were sons of the Levites after the household of their fathers. And these also cast lots with their brethren the sons of Aaron before King David, and Zadok and Ahimelech and the chief fathers of the Priest, and of the Levites, even the chief of the families against their younger brethren. So David and the captains of the army separated for the ministry the sons of Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun, who should sing prophesies with harps, with viols, and with cymbals, and their number was even of the men for the office of their ministry, to wit. Of the sons of Asaph, Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asharelah the sons of Asaph were under the hand of Asaph, which sang prophecies by the commision of the King. Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthum, Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father: Jeduthun sang prophecies with an harp, for to give thanks and to praise the Lord. Of Heman, the sons of Heman, Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. All these were the sons of Heman, the King’s Seer in the words of God to lift up the horn: and God gave to Herman fourteen sons and three daughters. All these were under the hand of their father singing in the house of the Lord with cymbals, viols and harps, for the service of the house of God, and Asaph, and Jeduthun, and Heman wereat the King’s commandment. So was their number with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the Lord, even of all that were cunning, two hundred fourscore and eight. And they cast lots, charge against charge, as well small as great, the cunning man as the scholar. And the first lot fell to Joseph, which was of Asaph, the second, to Gedaliah, who with his brethren and his sons were twelve. The third, to Zaccur, he, his sons and his brethren were twelve. The fourth, to Jizri, he, and his sons and his brethren twelve. The fifth, to Nethaniah, he, his sons an dhis brethren twelve. The sixth, to Bukkiah, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The seventh, to Jesharelah, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The eighth to Jeshaiah, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The ninth to Mattaniah, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The tenth to Shimei, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The eleventh to Azarel, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The twelfth to Hashabiah, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The thirteenth to Shubael, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The fourteenth to Mattithiah, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The fifteenth to Jeremoth, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The sixteenth to Hananiah, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The seventeenth to Joshbekashah, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The eighteenth to Hanani, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The nineteenth to Mallothi, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The twentieth to Eliathah, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The one and twentieth to Hothir, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The two and twentieth to Giddalti, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The three and twentieth to Mahazioth, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. The for and twentieth to Romamti-Ezer, he, his sons and his brethren twelve. 1 Chronicles 24:1–25:31
- But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of living, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience, Persecutions, and afflictions which come unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, which persecutions I suffered: but from them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. But the evil men and deceivers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned, and which are committed unto thee, knowing of whom thou hast learned them: And that thou hast known the holy Scriptures of a child, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through the faith which is in Christ Jesus. For the whole Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable to teach, to convince, to correct, and to instruct in righteousness. That the man of God may be absolute, being made perfect unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:10–17
- I will sing the mercies of the Lord forever: with my mouth will I declare thy truth from generation to generation. For I said, Mercy shall be set up forever: thy truth shalt thou stablish in the very heavens. I have made a covenant with my chosen: I have sworn to David my servant, Thy seed will I stablish forever, and set up thy wondrous work: yea, thy truth in the Congregation of the Saints. For who is equal to the Lord in the heaven, and who is like the Lord among the sons of the gods? God is very terrible in the assembly of the Saints, and to be reverenced above all that are about him. O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto thee, which art a mighty Lord, and thy truth is about thee? Thou rulest the raging of the Sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them. Thou hast beaten down Rahab as a man slain: thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy mighty arm. The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: thou hast laid the foundations of the world, and all that therein is. Thou hast created the North and the South: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name. Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand. Righteousness and equity arethe stablishment of thy throne: mercy and truth go before thy face. Blessed is the people that can rejoice in thee: they shall walk in the light of thy countenance, O Lord. They shall rejoice continually in thy Name, and in thy righteousness shall they exalt themselves. For thou art the glory of their strength, and by thy favor our horns shall be exalted. For our shield appertaineth to the Lord, and our King to the Holy one of Israel. Thou spakest then in a vision unto thine Holy one, and saidest, I have laid help upon one that is mighty: I have exalted one chosen out of the people. I have found David my servant: with mine holy oil have I anointed him. Therefore mine hand shall be established with him, and mine arm shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not oppress him, neither shall the wicked hurt him. Psalm 89:1–22