Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Many sins, attitudes, or troubles can loom ahead of us like giant rocks so we can’t see our way clear along God’s path of righteousness, peace, and joy. By His grace and Holy Spirit power, and with our permission, each day He will clear our path.

Eternal Perspectives  by Sally Bair

Who will roll the stone away?

The beach path became narrower with each step, until I encountered a huge rock blocking my way. I couldn’t go around by way of the deep water and I couldn’t get past the steep hillside of heavy brush on the other side. I couldn’t go forward. I had to turn back.

Stones (big rocks) often present interesting pictures of our lives. We walk—or perhaps run—through life with few cares until a big stone stops us cold. It may be the bank’s rejection of a loan, loss of a spouse’s love, or loss of a secure job. It may be a sudden crisis, such as illness or the death of a loved one. The stone may be intense frustration about a teenager’s bad behavior or resentment over someone’s unkind words or actions.

Stones have a way of keeping us from moving forward. When we come up against them, we may begin to doubt God’s promises. Where is He when I need Him? Why hasn’t He answered my prayers? How can He say He loves me when I’ve reached the end of my endurance?

Perhaps Mary Magdalene and other women experienced some of the same thoughts when they went to anoint Jesus’ body that lay in the tomb. No longer able to depend on Him for anything, they may have felt rejection and doubt. Then to find the tomb’s stone rolled away, how distressing to think someone had stolen His body!

 “Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, ‘Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?’ But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away … And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe … ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen!’” (Mark 16: 2-6)

Oh, what joy when they learned their Lord had risen from the dead! The darkness of the tomb became glorious light that changed their lives forever after.

Jesus’ resurrection can change your life forever, too. You can count on Him to roll the stones away. They’ll no longer stop you. 

 Lord, thank You for our risen Savior! Through Your love, wisdom, and Holy Spirit, roll away the heavy stones so we can see and walk in Your perfect path. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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