was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room
filled with light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the
man he had work for him to do and showed him a large rock in
front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to
push against the rock with all his might.
man did this, day after day. For many years he toiled from
sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the
cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all
his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and
worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.
Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement,
Satan decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into
the man's mind such as: "You have been pushing against
that rock for a long time, and it hasn't budged. Why kill
yourself over this? You are never going to move it."
Thus giving the man the impression that the task was
impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts
discouraged and disheartened the man even more. "Why
kill myself over this?" he thought. "I'll just
put in my time, giving just the minimum effort, and that
will be good enough."
planned to take the easy route until one day he decided to
make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to
the Lord. "Lord," he said, "I have labored long and
hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that
which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not
even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong?
Why am I failing?"
this the Lord responded compassionately, "My friend,
when I asked you to serve me. You accepted. I told you that
your task was to push against the rock with all your
strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to
you that I expected you to move it. Your task was only to
push. Now you come to me, with your strength spent, thinking
that you have failed. But, that is not really the case.
Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your
back sinewed and brown, your hands are callused from
constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and
hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your
abilities now surpass that which you used to have. Yet you
haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient
and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in my
wisdom. This you have done. "I, my friend, will now move the
when we hear from God, we tend to use our own intellect to
decipher what he wants. When, in all actuality, what God
wants is just simple obedience and faith in him. Many
times, God assigns us tasks that upon first glance seem
meaningless. However, God’s ways are not our ways. It
helps to remember that everything we endure makes us
stronger. God will never lead you where his grace can’t
keep you. By all means, exercise the faith that moves
mountains, but never forget that it is still God who moves
us to obedience everyday. Sometimes, we want to see beyond
obedience. We want to know why, how and when. Yet, it is
usually long after the obedience that we begin to realize
what His plan was back then.
prayer will be extremely helpful as you strive to be
obedient to God and his word. “Lord, help me be obedient
for today. I am learning, Lord that by being obedient today,
I am stronger for tomorrow. In Jesus' Name, AMEN!”
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