“This is the way; walk in it.”
Though no one can go
back and make a
anyone can start from
and make a brand new
God may not show us more than the very next step.
God wants to take
us from strength
from glory to
God loves us too
much to promote
us before we are
Here's something to ponder:
A man was sleeping one night in his cabin
when suddenly his room filled with light,
and God 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.
So, this the man did, day after day.
For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown,
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.
Since the man was showing discouragement,
the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture
by placing thoughts into the man's weary mind.
(He will do it every time!... that's Satan's job)
Satan: "You have been pushing against that rock
for a long time and it hasn't moved."
(Thus, he gave the man the impression
that the task was impossible and that he was a failure.)
These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.
Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this?
Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort,
and that will be good enough."
That's what the weary man planned to do,
but decided to make it a matter of prayer
and to 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?"
The Lord responded compassionately,
"My friend, when I asked you to serve Me
and you accepted,
I told you that your task was to push against the rock
with all of your strength... which you have done.
Never once did I mention to you
that I expected you to move it.
Your task was to push.
And now you come to Me with your strength spent,
thinking that you have failed.
But, is that really so?
Look at yourself.
Your arms are strong and muscled,
your back shiny and brown;
your hands are callused from constant pressure,
your legs have become massive and hard.
Through opposition you have grown much,
and your abilities now surpass
that which you used to have.
True, 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.
That you have done.
Now I, my friend, will move the rock.."
At times, when we hear a word from God,
we tend to use our own intellect to decipher
what He wants,
when actually what God wants is just
simple obedience and faith in Him.
but know that it is still God
Who moves the mountains.
When everything seems to go wrong...
and the bills are due...
Pray on it, over it, and through it.