Faithful in the smaller tasks
Something to think about
Saint Francis of Assisi thought God was calling him to repair buildings and found a deeper and richer vocation in the renewal of the people. Josiah similarly began with the task of renovations around the temple and discovered a quite different challenge.
Francis and Josiah tried to be faithful in the smaller tasks and they led to great works which have echoed through time.
They approached these smaller tasks as good in themselves and not as a gateway to some great future.
I am slowly beginning to learn that the words: ‘The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it’ (Psalm 24:1), give an opportunity to look for simple ways of being faithful to God just for the sake of faithfulness to him.
Climate change may be too much for me to get my head round – though our campaigns pages can help with that – but I can start with the things around me and learn to take care of the Earth’s resources.
Josiah’s reforms are the highlight of this part of 2 Kings. They could have been the pattern for the next generation. Once again, God had to rescue his people from themselves.