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Are you standing for the restoration of your marriage? A daily devotional that will offer encouragement from God’s Word as you stand for the restoration of your marriage.

Who Will Roll Away the Stone?

Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.  Mark 16:2-4 (NLT)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent way too much of my time worrying. Worrying about things that might happen, worrying about how, worrying about what if…. just plain worrying. I finally learned that my worry and fussing wasn’t necessary. God was already rolling away the stone.

The scripture above took place early on Resurrection Day. These women had faithfully followed Jesus during His ministry on earth. They had watched as He carried His cross to Golgotha. They saw Him bow His head and surrender to His Heavenly Father. They had watched as Joseph of Arimathea took care of Jesus’ body.

Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.  Matthew 27:49-61 (NLT)

After spending the Sabbath day mourning, the women got up early the next morning to visit Jesus’ tomb. Along the way, I imagine their conversation went something like this. “What will we do now?” “Who will continue Jesus’ work?” “What will the Jewish leaders do now?” “How will we live?” But the most immediate worry for them was “Who will roll away the stone.”

Do you sometimes find yourself worrying about how this journey will end? You might worry about your Mom or Dad in the far country, not knowing which way to go. You may worry about how things have changed in your life. You may worry about how your praying Mom or Dad are going to make ends meet.

There may be a huge stone blocking your way. Or maybe many stones. Dad or Mom have moved to another state and you don’t see them often. Maybe they don’t call much or seem like they care much. Maybe there is another person involved or even another family.

Let’s look at the rest of this story. Even those these women knew there would be obstacles in their way, still they came.

They came because of their faith. They came because of their trust. They came because of the Jesus’ promises. While they were walking, God was working. Your faith, your trust, your belief in God’s promises, coupled with your prayers and unconditional love, will roll that stone away. While you are walking, God is working.

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.  Matthew 28:1-2 (NLT)

So don’t worry about the stone when God already has a plan in mind. Don’t worry about how big your circumstances are when you know how big your God is. Don’t worry about the how or the when. When the time is right, that stone will be moved. Keep walking in faith.

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.”  Matthew 28:5-6

God bless

A Stander in Nebraska

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