Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday." (Psalm 37:5-6)
We have just celebrated the resurrection of our Savior once again and I pray that this, another
Easter, has given each of us an opportunity to reflect upon and grow in our understanding of the
victory we have in Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 15:57, "but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Our Savior did battle with sin, death and the power of the devil and His resurrection gives us the assurance that He emerged the victor! He invites us to partake of that victory by placing our faith in Him.
One of the familiar parts of the Easter account is the words of the women, "Who will roll away
the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" (Mark 16:3) They recognized the obstacle to
their efforts to serve Jesus with a proper burial and in so doing remind us of the obstacles we
face every day in our lives. Perhaps even today you are facing an obstacle such as your health,
trouble in a relationship, unemployment, finances, etc.
We know what happened for the women approaching Jesus' tomb-an angel had taken care of
their problem even before they discussed it. The stone was already rolled away! It is always good to remember that the stone was not rolled away so Jesus could get out-He didn't need that (see Matthew 28:2). It was rolled away so that the women-and the world-could see in and witness the FACT of the empty tomb. Jesus had risen victorious over sin, death and the power of the devil. His resurrection becomes for us a reality that gives us confidence in the face of any problem we may face in our lives!
But this reality recorded in Scripture should not be only for us an Easter Sunday reflection-it should govern our daily lives-always! The word Hebrew word translated "commit" at the beginning of Psalm 37:5 above is most often translated "roll" in Scripture. Just as the angel
"rolled" the stone away from the tomb, we should "roll" our obstacles-our troubles-onto the
Lord and then trust in Him to "act" in His way and on the basis of His wisdom and power!
Jesus' followers were devastated by His death. Yet we know that all along (from eternity past)
it was God's perfect plan to save fallen mankind from our sin. In a similar way, we may be
devastated by some of the difficult circumstances of our lives and led to ask, "Who will roll this
or that problem away?" It is then that we can "roll" the problem over to God and rejoice in the
way He acts. (Because of our limited human understanding we may not always approve of the
way in which He acts-but we can be assured that it is the BEST way for us!)
God's acting on our behalf are always consistent with the VICTORY He wants to share with us
on the basis of Jesus' finished work on the cross and His resurrection from the dead!