Sweeter Than Honey is a 365-day devotional journey that leads the reader
"When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel." (1 Chronicles 23:1)
David was old now, “full of days” the Bible records, but he’s not retiring from God’s work.
As a young boy, David spent his days and nights in the countryside organizing his father’s sheep. David was just a young shepherd boy, in 1 Samuel 16, probably about 15 years old, when Samuel anointed him as king. David reigned as Israel’s king for 40 years during one of the most prosperous periods in Israel's history. Now, “old and full of days,” David makes his son Solomon king over Israel and sets out to organize the Levites, the Priests, and the Musicians. Scripture even tells us that these were some of his last words. “For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered…” (1 Chronicles 23:27). David may have been “old and full of days,” but he was not done serving God!
Today, let’s just look at one of these groups that David organized—the Levites.
"David assembled all the leaders of Israel and the priests and the Levites. The Levites, thirty years old and upward, were numbered, and the total was 38,000 men." (1 Chronicles 23:2-3)
"These were the sons of Levi by their fathers' houses, the heads of fathers' houses as they were listed according to the number of the names of the individuals from twenty years old and upward who were to do the work for the service of the house of the Lord. For David said, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, has given rest to His people, and He dwells in Jerusalem forever. And so the Levites no longer need to carry the Tabernacle or any of the things for its service.’ For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered from twenty years old and upward. For their duty was to assist the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the Lord, having the care of the courts and the chambers, the cleansing of all that is holy, and any work for the service of the house of God.” (1 Chronicles 23:24-28)
I've been reading a book by Sharon Betters and Susan Hunt called Aging With Grace: Flourishing in an Anti-Aging Culture. Friend, if you haven't read this book, you need to go grab it today! I highly recommend it.
If you've read it, I'd love to hear what you think. It's been a huge inspiration to me in this new season of life I find myself in and I think we may just make this book our Summer 2022 Book Club-Style Bible Study book.
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When I read God’s Word each morning, I find inspiration and insight that keeps my day on track. Join me on this journey. Let’s settle in with His Word—it’s His Love Letter to us. Did you know that? Let’s read it like a Love Letter, expecting to glean something for our walk with Him every day. Let’s look for peace in the chaos and strength for our weaknesses. Even on our busiest days we can carve out a few minutes to refocus on the important. Can’t we? We may have to get up a little earlier, when the house is still and quiet, or stay up a few minutes after the others are tucked in for the night, but we can do this! I know we can!
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I was just reading yesterday of Joshua being "old and advanced in years," yet tasked with allocating territory among the different tribes, and Caleb finally taking his inheritance at 85. It's comforting that God can still use us at any age.
I think I would like that part of the Levites' job, too! But they probably had to struggle with keeping their heart in it and not just going through the motions, like we do singing on Sunday mornings.
That's exactly what Aging With Grace has encouraged me with, Barbara —> "...comforting that God can still use us at any age."
I hate that feeling of "going through the motions" on Sundays! :-/
Also, I would be interested in going through that book on aging together. I'm reading another of Sharon's books now, The Treasuries of Encouragement.
The Treasuries of Encouragement sounds like a book I need to read!
Love this series and today's post was fabulous. I may be biased, but at 63 years of age, anything about aging with grace is welcomed by me. I have always loved the story of Caleb taking his inheritance at the ripe young age of 85! Perhaps it inspired me to obey God's calling on my life to start my serenity in suffering ministry at the age of 61!
Thank you so much, Donna! That's encouraging!
Thank you so much, Tai! :)
Ahhhh.... yea, Amber! I'm so glad to meet someone else who has benefited from Aging With Grace! And I agree, it's a neglected topic. We really don't like to think, let alone talk, about aging as women.
Thank you for this encouragement today. My desire is to age gracefully in spirit so others will see Jesus in me. I appreciate the book suggestion!
My sweet PawPaw - at 93 - is tired and ready to go home to heaven. But we keep telling him that God wouldn't keep him here if there wasn't still work He wanted him to do!
Oh, I just looked at reading the Bible along with the "Sweeter Than Honey" devotional and that feels like just what I want and need. Others above are talking about "Aging with Grace." I am almost finished with that one and so love it. It brings me such peace while working through it. I originally began doing it together with a dear sister in Christ via Zoom but she has had to pause due to many roadblocks of life. But I have continued because it is so good! May God rain His blessings upon you, Patsy, as you share Him with all of us.
Those who have impacted and mentored me as spiritual parents were men and women in their 70s and 80s - my mission statement is showing my children and their children how to grow old loving the Lord - I think Sweeter than Honey sounds like a book to encourage that mission statement's growth!
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