Busy Wednesday as always. We headed to Longview for BSF at 7:30 and ended up back home after church tonight at 7:45.
Food is not really an issue today as I am so busy but finding time to do Sparkpeople on Wednesday is.
I heard a great story about a man who had a visit from a messenger of the Lord. The messenger told him God said to go push on the massive rock in the valley. So the man did each day for a week, a month, a year, 20 years until satan paid him a visit and ask" Did God really mean for you to push on that rock - you haven't moved it one inch. Wouldn't just leaning on it do as well?". The man then turned and ask God did you really mean for me to move the rock. God replied in a still small voice, "I never told you to move the rock - I just told your to push it. Look at your physique - you are lean and muscular with a great tan from being outside. You did exactly what I asked you to do. When I want the rock moved, I can move it."
isn't that just like me? I like to add to or embellish God's directives or even question God when the result is not as I expect. It really came home tonight. I have a Wednesday night children's program which has not been well attended. So each Wednesday me or another worker will prepare a lesson and possibly some kids will show up but usually not. So I was sharing the rock story with another worker. "All we were told to do is provide lessons and activities for the kids. Let God take care of the rest." Then all of a sudden a drove of kids ranging from 4 - 18 year of age came - all boys - and we had a magnificent lesson on Ezekiel.
My lesson was "Just push 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 a simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves mountains.
1 Samuel 15:22 (ESV)
And Samuel said,
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to listen than the fat of rams.
God bless us with the willingness to be obedient.