When God gives you a word, don’t make a paragraph out of it

There is a famous old story about a man who was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room was 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 the cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. So 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 of 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 his weary mind: “You’ve been pushing against the 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; that will be good enough.”
That’s what the fatigued man planned to do, but he still decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his trouble thoughts to God. “Lord,” he said, “I’ve labored long and hard in your services, putting all my strength to do what you have asked. Yet after all this time, I have not even budged that the rock by half a millimeter. What’s wrong? Why am I failing?”
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 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 sinewy 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.”

Lesson: When God gives you a word, don’t make a paragraph out of it. Usually our additions to what He says get us in trouble or cause delays. Yes, use the faith that moves mountains, but remember, it’s He who will actually do it.
From the Book “Imitation is Limitation” by John Mason.


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