A man was sleeping at 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 to the man that he was to push against the rock with all his might.  So, the man did, 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 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 the weary mind: “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 those 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 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?  Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.  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 usually what God wants is just a simple obedience and faith in Him.  By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountain, but know that it is still God who moves mountains.

Friend, God still moves mountains.  Whatever the situation or circumstances you are faced with, keep praying until the mountain is moved.

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