Dropping the Stone

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” —James 4:7

There is a huge rock upon the Swiss side of the St. Gothard road, about which an old legend is told by the natives of the neighboring village. The devil was whisking this enormous stone along very merrily at early dawn of day, when he was met by a devout old woman, who, being somewhat alarmed, uttered a prayer at the sight of the unexpected traveller. Such was the power of her prayer that the demon dropped his burden at once, and there it lays--an indisputable proof that the devil is no match for old ladies who know how to invoke the aid of heaven.

Mother church has sanctioned many a worse legend than this, for a truthful moral lies upon the surface. Let interceding believers make the fiend to tremble always by praying without ceasing.

The weakest saint upon his knees is victorious over all the powers of hell.

—Adapted from The Sword and Trowel: 1868 by C. H. Spurgeon, available from Logos Bible Software.

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