A man 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.

The 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."

He 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?"

To 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 rock."


At times 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 the mountains.

God calls 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.

This 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!”


Until next time Online Family, BE ENCOURAGED!

Isabel, Encouragement Central Editor


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