REVISITING DEAD ISSUES
by Babangida Joseph
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When Mary hastened and left the house to go meet Jesus, those who came for condolence visit thought she was going to the tomb of her dead brother to weep there. But she went to Jesus instead. I donít know why the people thought that was the most likely place to go to moan over our loved ones. Maybe it was customary at that time to do so. If it is accurate to assume that was what obtains at that time Ė that is, revisiting the tomb or graveside of our dearly departed ones, then Mary should be commended for breaking the protocol of ignoring the dead to be in the presence of the Source and Giver of life.
I canít help thinking how very unlike Mary we seem to have become in our day. We take a pleasure trip out of revisiting issues in our lives that ought to have been buried out of our sights to enable us focus on the rainbow displaying its brilliant array of colors. Some even make a career out of revisiting dead issues so much that they enjoy nothing else.
As humans I can guarantee you that there will be times that youíre going to disappoint others, fail them woefully, and even disappoint yourself. Itís part of being human. When we fumble at something we should have mastered, often, we find it difficult to forgive ourselves. That cannot be unconnected to the pressure to perform excellently at all times.
Peopleís expectations of us make us go out of our way to prove to them that we are superhuman and heroes who are always there at the appropriate time armed with the right information to solve the problem. But supermen exist only in comics. And life is more than comics. The realities of life are so glaring. Sometimes we are compelled to come face to face with some of the ugly relics of life. When thus confronted, how we handle the situation is all too important.
Maybe you made mistakes in the past that youíre finding difficult to put behind you. It means youíre revisiting dead issues. Donít dwell on your past; donít live in your mistakes. Change what you can change and what canít be changed, submit to God and allow Him give you the strength you need day to day to live a guilt-free, joy-filled, victorious life.
What Iím trying to pass across to you is that anything in your life that limits you from making maximum use of the gifts and talents freely bestowed upon you by the Holy Spirit, is a dead issue and not to be revisited. Once it is buried, it should no longer be the center of your thoughts.
Many times we read about the story of Davidís adultery with Bathsheba but we seldom see that even in this sad story, there are a lot of positive lessons we stand to gain from.
When Nathan the prophet confronted King David about his sin, he did wonderfully well by acknowledging that indeed he had sinned hence he repented. How about us today? Do we get down on our knees in brokenness and tears when the Holy Spirit is convicting us of something wrong in our lives, or do we choose to ignore His gentle prompting and do our own thing?
In spite of the fact that David was forgiven he still had to bear the consequences of his sin. The son borne out of this sinful union will die. Let me stop here and say that the baby is going to die not because he did anything wrong. Neither is the baby going to die because it was wrong that he was born. Simply put it was just the judgment of God on the sin of David and Bathsheba.
After the King was assured of forgiveness, he immediately went into prayer and fasting interceding for the boyís life. He left the administration of his entire kingdom in the hands of his counselors and sat in ashes. He refused food or anything that would lessen his burdens. But on the seventh day the boy died. Davidís subjects were afraid. They were like: ďWhile the boy was yet alive the King refused our words of comfort, what will happen now that the baby is dead?Ē As they were conferring among themselves how best to approach the matter, David perceived that something was amiss. At his insistence they acceded to having lost the baby. Davidís next actions astounded his officials. Let the Bible speak for itself:
David got up from the floor, had a bath, combed his hair, and
changed his clothes. Then he went and worshipped in the house
of the LORD. When he returned to the palace, he asked for food
and ate it as soon as it was served.
ďWe donít understand this,Ē his officials said to him.
(2 Samuel 12:20, 21a Goodnews).
But that was not all. He went ahead and explained to them why he did what he did. And it made perfect sense. This is what comes next: Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba. He had intercourse with her, and she bore a son, whom David named Solomon. The LORD loved the boy and commanded the prophet Nathan to name the boy Jedidiah because the LORD loved him (vv 24-25).
Can you see where I am going with this? When David was told his boy was dead he didnít revisit dead issues. Instead he tidied himself up, worshipped the LORD, ate some food, made a sensible explanation, comforted Bathsheba and went ahead to have another baby whom God personally named Jedidiah Ė loved by God!
If that issue has been dealt with, you are no longer bound by it. Ignore all those who make it their duty to remind you of what happened in the past. Yes, tears have been shed, lessons have been learnt, forgiveness has been sought, the price paid and corrections have been effected, what else? Go ahead and birth new things with the support of the LORD. Whatever you do never, never, ever revisit dead issues. Let the dead bury the dead. Thank God that youíre alive. Praise God you made it. Let nothing stop you.
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Good message brother! The enemy, other people and our own minds try so hard to keep us focused on our dead past which only serves to discourage us and lead us to further defeat. Thank you for sharing your insight and understanding! Many Blessings!