God Rolled Away the Stone, Not the Scars

Matthew 28:2 – And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.”

I came across a powerful podcast today that really helped me. The title of the Podcast series is “The Bible Never Said That” by Clara Donahue. The episode I listened to was “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle.”

Among the many profound points she made was one about how Jesus was raised from the dead and given life, but He still had the wounds and scars.

Please think about that, and meditate on it. Why did God raise Jesus from the dead, give him new blood and water, allow all His organs and internal functions to work, but still leave the wounds? The wounds were a testimony to the power of God. Jesus could say to His disciples, “Place your hands in the wounds and believe.” The wounds were a witness to what God did through Jesus.

Here is a quote from Clara Donahue in the podcast, “I feel some of my own scars pulling tight on the tender healing of my soul, and I wish they would just disappear.” Amen. But those scars, she explained, are used by God to show His power, grace and love to others.

Your wounds are not a badge to claim victim-hood through life. Those wounds are a witness to the power of God and His grace. What has God done through you? Look at the scars. Consider how God has led you through your own valleys of the shadow of death and brought you out on the other side.

John 20:20 – When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

John 20:27-28 – Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

David’s Faithful Friends Who Wounded Him

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
(Proverbs 27:5-6)

Aren’t you thankful for that close friend who is willing to tell you what you need to hear even if it hurts?

I think of the life of David and how several people in his life told him what he needed to hear at the time. Nathan rebuked him for his sins of murder, adultery and the cover up (2 Samuel 12). Abigail pleaded with him to calm down and not take vengeance upon the house of Nabal (1 Samuel 25). Bathsheba stirred up the aging David to make sure Solomon, and not Adonijah, was put on the throne of Israel (1 Kings 1). Joab had to confront David after the death of Absalom to help David regain some perspective (2 Samuel 19). Gad was sent by God to correct and pronounce God’s punishment upon David and Israel because of the numbering of the people (1 Chronicles 21). There are others, I’m sure, but you can see that God sent many people to David to help him get his head straight about things.

Because those people were sent to advise, correct and rebuke David, he was either put back on the path of righteousness or was kept from straying from it. Some of those friends said some very encouraging things, others said some words that really stung. Regardless, David had people in his life who loved God and loved him enough to say what needed to be said.

Being told you are wonderful may be awesome, but it’s like a triple chocolate cake oozing with fudge. A few bites and you’re sick. You won’t be healthy for long if you eat that stuff.

I hope this helps. If you want to be a person like David, you have to surround yourself with friends like David had.

By the way, sorry for missing Wednesday’s article and being late on today’s. No excuses, just doing too much.