Misdirected Faith

WS-devo_PMSThe day after the Sabbath day, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought some sweet-smelling spices to put on Jesus’ body. Very early on that day, the first day of the week, soon after sunrise, the women were on their way to the tomb. They said to each other, “Who will roll away for us the stone that covers the entrance of the tomb?”

Then the women looked and saw that the stone had already been rolled away, even though it was very large. The women entered the tomb and saw a young man wearing a white robe and sitting on the right side, and they were afraid.

But the man said, “Don’t be afraid. You are looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who has been crucified. He has risen from the dead; he is not here. Look, here is the place they laid him. (‭Mark‬ ‭16‬:‭1-6‬ NCV)

These women demonstrate what could be called misdirected faith. They were loyal to Jesus and showed great respect for Him by going to His tomb. Because they loved Him and wanted to honor His memory, they planned to anoint His body with spices.

They knew a great stone sealed the entrance, and yet they proceeded, while wondering how they would get in to the tomb. It shows a certain level of faith since they went in spite of this problem. And yet, neither they nor the other followers of Jesus believed His words that He would rise from the dead. They help us see ourselves and our own misdirected faith.

We often cling to certain beliefs and persevere in some type of vague faith. But is our faith well-grounded in the truth? Is our trust in God established upon the Scriptures, the very Word of God? ©Word-Strong_2015