Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” 2 Samuel 12:13
Wow! Immediately after confession, that very moment, God forgives completely! Such mercy, such grace, such love! How often do we allow our past sins to grow into a big ol’ stone of worry, a stumbling block to fulfilling our God ordained purpose?
Mark 16 points out that when Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus and Salome walked down to the tomb with spices to care for Jesus body after He had been crucified they were worried about something. Mark 16:3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away form the entrance of the tomb?” None of the men were with them and although they have all the supplies they need, they did not have enough strength to carry out their objective. However the very next verse says they looked up and what did they see?! The stone had already been rolled away! Jesus had already gone ahead and attended to that which they were worried about!! Good thing those ladies didn’t give up and just go back home. Sometimes we just need to keep walking through the worry, trusting Gods got it.
Notice Mark 16:7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter; and Peter! Interesting the angel of God makes sure to single out Peter by name, the man who had just failed greatly in his denial of even knowing Jesus. Yet it is made clear that there is still a purpose for Peter to fulfill! Peter had been forgiven… completely. 50 days from then God was going to use Peter to preach like crazy and about 3000 would come to believe! But what if Peter had sat paralyzed under his stone of guilt and worry? What will happen if we do? If the devil had his way with us we would already be dead. The very fact that we are still breathing testifies to the fact that God is willing to forgive and move on with our purpose.
Lets stop worrying, keep walking forward trusting He is able to handle it/us, and not make Him need to go find someone else to fulfill our purpose.
Independent Read: Psalm 32:3-5, 8-9