Week 22: Big Rocks and the Victory of God

by Chris Rousell

I was a big fan of Greek myths when I was a kid. And there’s one about a chap called Sisyphus. Sisyphus was caught giving celestial secrets to mortals and the gods caught him so as punishment, he was forced to roll a huge rock up a hill. All day long he rolled it and rolled it and just before he got to top at the end every day, the rock would fall back down. No matter what he did, the rock would roll back to the base of the hill and the next day he had to turn around and start rolling it back up again endlessly and endlessly forever.

Maybe you feel like the modern day equivalent. Maybe you feel as though you are trapped, rolling a proverbial rock up a hill knowing full well when you get back to work in the morning, the same task awaits you- you never see the summit of the hill. However, there is hope for us,

Things of the world can seem burdensome, insurmountable, and impossible to overcome. Juggling work, family, money, social lives, and church life to boot. Sometimes it can all seem a bit much, that we’ll never get on top of it all.

But here’s the good news- “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5).

Through Christ, our victory is secure. Where through our Sisyphus-like efforts we fail, through Christ our burdens have been carried to the top of the hill and nailed to the cross. Though often we feel like Sisyphus, through Christ, we overcome the world.

Points to ponder.

  • In what area of your life do you most feel like Sisyphus?
  • Be brave and lay this at the foot of the cross. Trust God will carry you through the struggle.
  • John says that through Christ, we overcome the world. Spend some time thanking God for lifting this burden from us.