What Are You Worried About?


What Are You Worried About? Dictionary.com defines worry as to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret or to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague. I have concluded from my own life that worry is the result of one or two thoughts. First, I have sinned and am fearing the consequence of that sin, or I have assumed the sole responsibility for something that God never intended me to be solely responsible. One classic example of the latter is my children. Naturally, God has charged me with being responsible for them; however, He has not held me solely responsible for them. Children are a heritage or gift from God, but God also promises me that He will never leave me nor forsake me which includes the responsibility of being a father. Yet, I tend to ignore that and find myself having to respond to God’s question of What Are You Worried About?

God always fulfills His responsibilities in our lives. If one falters, it is us not God. For God has declared, “I am faithful.” Let’s see God’s faithfulness to His purpose, promise and people in the text below.

Mark 16

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

Mary and Mary desired and decided to go anoint Jesus’ body. Out of honor and worship, they wanted to serve Him in this capacity. Like many of us, they expressed worry about how they would be able to anoint Jesus’ body. Why? “They asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”” The matter of concern was the weight of the stone in comparison to their ability to move the stone to get inside to anoint Jesus’ body. The matter was simple. Either God would enable them to fulfill their righteous desire or not. If our desires are aligned to God’s will. He more than likely will make provisions for us. What Are You Worried About?

In this case, God had something greater in store for them. Jesus’ body did not need to be anointed because he had been resuscitated and resurrected. Jesus had told them that He would be raised in three days. When they expressed their concern about rolling the stone away, they were being concerned about something that God never asked them albeit well-intended. Then, they got to the tomb and discovered the very thing they were consumed with was not an issue. The stone had been rolled away already. As God normally does, He takes care of tasks that seem insurmountable to us but got something they did not expect. More than that, they encountered something they more than likely never had – an angel. He assessed, assured and assigned their hearts/minds. He said, ““Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” Jesus did just as He told them. ” What Are You Worried About?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) Today, Jesus is the same as He was for Mary and Mary – He is Risen and Resurrected. Save now, He is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. As a result, I am asking you What Are You Worried About? Jesus will be there for you in your worship and pursuit of Him just as He was for Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome.

What Are You Worried About? Write it down. Offer it to God in prayer and release yourself from being solely responsible for the outcomes or results. Don’t torment yourself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts. Remember, God is faithful and never changes. You can count on Him to take care of His part just as He did in this passage and throughout the Word of God.  What Are You Worried About?

 

 

 

 

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