Fresh Hope – Day 117

How many times do we worry about things, long before we ever get to them?

Reflecting on the resurrection story today, we see how Mary Magdalene was asking the question about who was going to role away the stone from the entrance of the tomb, so that she could gain access.

We are told by the experts that the stone would likely have weighed around 3 tons; that’s more than the weight of a small, family car.

It was a genuine concern as she and a few others prepared their trip to anoint the dead body of Jesus.

What they had totally forgotten, or maybe chosen not to believe, was that Jesus had already told them that He was going to rise on the third day, so, as it was the third day, He was not going to be there anyway.

Their worry was worthless, simply because they hadn’t taken Jesus’ words or His power into consideration.

I love the fact that when they did arrive at the tomb, not only was the stone rolled away, but there was an angel sitting on the stone, asking them why they were looking for the living among the dead. I can’t help but think that the angel was really wanting to say, ‘He told you so!’

How many times are you worrying about very real problems, simply because you are not taking into account that God has the power to sort it, before you ever get there…

The resurrection inspires us, not only to believe, but also to trust.

Matthew 6:25-34 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

Pastor Mark

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