Josiah Burned Bridges

Handwritten page from the second book of Kings chapter 23 verses 6 through 14
2Kings 23:6-14

Synopsis     2Kings 23:6-14     10/18/2019 

After hearing the Law of Moses read for the first time, King Josiah cleansed the land of idol worship. Accordingly, he completely removed any vestige of idol worship from Solomon’s Temple. And he destroyed the false idols in Jerusalem.  

After this, he prevented the priests who practiced in the countryside from making offerings in the places where they came from. Instead, he brought them to Jerusalem and made provision for them there.  

However, he executed priests who served false gods. And all the places where people worshiped false gods were destroyed. And he even directed his forces to desecrate the locations so that they could not be easily reestablished.  

Josiah Burned Bridges 

Josiah destroyed idol worship in Judah. And he did it in a way that prevented the practices from reemerging during his lifetime. When he acted, he did so with absolute determination. For him, cleansing the nation of false worship was a total commitment.  

Burning My Bridges  

Sometimes the decision to move forward means that I can never go back.  

I came to be an adult Catholic after reading the life of St. Francis of Assisi. He was, I think, like Josiah. Of course, the two men were not alike in the use of violence and destruction. But what they certainly have in common is total commitment. For, they both answered the call of Christ with total abandon. When each man heard their respective call, they burned every bridge back to their former ways of life.  

So, I find myself asking; what about my life is at odds with the call of Christ? And could I put aside my fears? Could I permanently leave everything else in order to be totally abandoned to that one thing that He intends to work through me? 

Of course, the answer is yes – I could do this. In a way appropriate to my circumstances and call, I could put everything else down.  

But, will I? Will I – like Francis or Josiah? As it is written, “For all creation waits in eager anticipation to see the revealing of the sons of God.” (Rom 8:19)  

All creation waits to see what you and I will do. 

“The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; Therefore I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.” Isa 50:7 

October 18, 2019

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