No Little Task

by George McFarland April 14, 2014

Proverbs 25:1-2

These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.
It is the glory of God to conceal things,
but the glory of kings is to search things out.

Do you sometimes count a task below you? Or do you at other times look down on someone who is doing a task that you wouldn’t do yourself?

Proverbs 25:1 is a reminder that in God’s sight there is no little task. We’re told that this collection of Solomon’s proverbs was recorded by men of Hezekiah. These men were “servants” of this great and godly king. Perhaps these men were other prophets who lived at the time of Hezekiah. In either case, the point of the text is that God chose to recognize these men for their work of including these proverbs into the  sacred text. Their work was no easy task. It involved carefully copying (a very tedious work), recording accurately, and publishing the results so that we would understand by God’s Spirit the very mind of God. God could have chosen simply to have given us the proverbs without telling us of these men; instead, he would have us know that in his sight, the work of doing a small and difficult task, without being specifically named, is still important to God.

Today, do the littlest task with a joyful spirit, knowng that God sees and rewards us according to his good purposes. “And whatsoever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).