Margin notes: Things I scribbled in the white spaces on Aug. 7, 2K8

1 – 1 Chronicles 5:20 (ESV) 20 And when they prevailed over them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him.

RAF: This is both so simple and so profound. A powerful impetus to pray. Note four simple things.

a. They were in battle. Christians face battles. Of all kinds. We ought not to be surprised at this. We have been given the task of challenging our indwelling sins – and they will not go quietly. We have a real and angry enemy of our souls who will lie at all times, and seeks our utter destruction. And, this world around us seeks to soak into us and sink us. To draw us away by its enticements. To make us forgetful of God and His great mercy, grace and goodness. To make its fleeting riches of greater value than eternity.

b. It is in battle the men of Israel cried out – to God! Note that they did not just cry out. Many simply wail due to their distresses. Others have learned to cry out to God – to seek His help and favor. They have learned there is a God who loves them and cares for them and delights to be called upon in the day of trouble.

c. He granted their urgent plea. He does not turn a deaf ear to those about His business. He is never indifferent to our plight. And He takes notes of the urgency of our needs. His timing is always perfect. He is never ever late. Though we often would prefer Him to be early – He seldom answers but precisely when it is perfect in the eyes of infinite wisdom and unfailing love.

d. Because they trusted in Him. Their cry was not out of mere desperation, but in the knowledge He could be trusted. Faith is central to seeing the hand of God move on our behalf. He rushes to the aid of those who trust Him. He delights to be trusted above all things – for it is the foundation of loving intimacy. Would you please God today? Trust Him. And watch Him answer.

2 – 1 Chronicles 9:28-32 (ESV) 28 Some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they were required to count them when they were brought in and taken out. 29 Others of them were appointed over the furniture and over all the holy utensils, also over the fine flour, the wine, the oil, the incense, and the spices. 30 Others, of the sons of the priests, prepared the mixing of the spices, 31 and Mattithiah, one of the Levites, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with making the flat cakes. 32 Also some of their kinsmen of the Kohathites had charge of the showbread, to prepare it every Sabbath.

RAF: The larger section here deals with the various, and sometimes seemingly trivial duties of the families of priests. Note vs. 31. This man’s job in serving God was simply to bake the bread of the offerings. But it is important isn’t it? We get that understanding by the careful wording. It does not simply mention his baking the bread – it says he was “entrusted” to bake the bread. The smallest service among God’s people is a sacred trust. That each would take it as that kind of responsibility, and that leadsership could always trust them because they know the seriousness with which they approach it. Father, may I be one you can entrust with such things. May I never consider them trivial, tedious or easily neglected – if they contribute to the right worship of your name in the earth. May you find me faithful.

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