There was a man who had a dream. He heard God speaking to him. “Press hard against the large rock“. He did not understand this until the morning. He looked out from his hut and saw a huge rock that had rolled down the hillside.
He began to push and push, but he could not move the rock. Throughout the day he had several attempts, but he could not move it. Convinced that God had spoken to him, he made a mission of this task and for weeks he spent some hours every day but he could not budge the rock.
A traveler came by and asked him what he was doing. “God told me to move this rock” he replied. The traveler laughed and said, “You must be mistaken. You will never move a rock that large”. Still the man continued his attempts to move the rock without success. Another traveler came by some weeks later and asked what he was doing.
“God told me to move this rock” he replied. The traveler scorned him and said, “Your God is stupid to ask such a thing. It is impossible. Give up”. That night the man turned to God in his prayer. “Lord, I have done what you asked, but the task is impossible and it seems you have made fun of me. The travelers have mocked me for believing that I could move the rock as you asked me to do”.
Then God spoke gently to him “My son. Look at your strong arms and legs; look at the rippling muscles in your back; look at the tanned hardness of your skin. Look at your increased strength. Look what has happened to you. You are a different man! I asked you to press against the rock and this you have done. I never told you to move it!”
Everything God asks us to do is for our own good. Even if at the time we do not see it.
He shall deliver you in six troubles: yes, in seven there shall no evil touch you.
Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but you have in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for you have cast all my sins behind your back.
But Jesus beheld them, and said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer
; I have overcome the world.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience;
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ
may rest on me.
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.
1 Peter 1:7
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found to praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1 Peter 4:12
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you:
1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus
, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness to the judgment of the great day.
And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.