It is sometimes discouraging when we do something that the Lord lays on
our heart and yet when we do that thing, we feel that is it all in vain
and no results are coming forth. Remember that God's ways are not our
ways and He does give us trials, not so that we will fail but to make our
faith in Him and ourselves stronger. God is faithful to give us the
strength we need to overcome every trial and tribulation when we seek Him
in prayer and ask for it (Jeremiah 33:3). Remember, Prayer is the
essential thing to getting answers from the Lord.
I pray this story ministers to your heart.
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. So this 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 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 signs of discouragement, the Adversary decided
to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man's 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. "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." And that is what he planned
to do, 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?"
The Lord responded compassionately, "My son, 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?
Look at yourself...Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and
brown, your hands are calloused 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. Now I, my son, will move the
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.
Even though in the short term we do not see how our works are affecting
God's kingdom, He will show us in His own way that every area in serving
God makes us stronger and in this obedience God will promote us into a
higher ministry and this cycle will continue itself; if we faint not and
continue on the path the Lord has set us upon. (Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-17)
When everything seems to go wrong ... just P.U.S.H! When the job gets
you down ... just P.U.S.H! When your money looks "gone" and the bills
are due ... just P.U.S.H! When people just don't understand you...
P.U.S.H - Pray Until Something Happens!
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall
direct thy paths."
Isaiah 58:13-14 "If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing
thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of
the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor
finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou
delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high
places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:
for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every
thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning
Psalm 121:1-4 "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh
my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He
will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not
slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
All of the Praise, Honor, and Glory belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ for
it is by His spirit the blessings come. (Zechariah 4:6)
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry