Obedience

The Lord appeared to a man and told him that he had work for him to do. He showed him a large rock in front of his cabin and explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from morning to night, his shoulders set squarely against the massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might. Each night the man was sore, and worn out, feeling that his day had been spent in vain. Since the man was showing signs of discouragement, thoughts came into his weary mind: "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, until one day he
decided 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, "When I asked you to serve me, 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 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 is sinewy, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard. You have grown, 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. This you have done. I, my friend, will now 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. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves the mountains.

Let us pray: Lord, help us to be obedient and faithful. Amen.

Our thought for the day is this: God still moves mountains.
Dr. David L. Glusker, First Radio Parish Church of America, One Congress Square, Portland, Maine 04101

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