Are You Stuck In The Past?

“Then David got up from the ground.”

See 2 Samuel 12:20


God seemed really harsh in the Old Testament. Thankfully, Jesus came and took on that harshness of punishment for us–once and for all. In the Old Testament, there was a man who made some mistakes, which, without his love for God, would have ruined his entire life because he’d be stuck in his terrible past.

His name was David, King David. 

King David was one of the most blessed and influential people of the Bible. Nobody chose him to become who he became except God. He was laughed at, belittled, and overlooked by everyone, even his own family. His rise to biblical superstardom would make for an awesome Hollywood movie!

He is called many things, including “a man after God’s own heart” (see 1 Samuel 13:14), and Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, is a direct descendant of David (see Matthew 1).

This is the same David who killed Goliath with a slingshot and a stone. 

But just because he is a Bible rockstar doesn’t mean he was perfect–far from it! David had an affair with a married woman and got her pregnant. Oh yeah…but it doesn’t end there. Then he tried to cover up this affair by having her husband come home from war, sleep with her, then he sent him back to war (on the frontline, on purpose) and got him killed!

Doesn’t seem like a man after God’s heart to me! Sounds like he needs his own show on the E! Network, rather than taking his time to write out the Psalms, which we still read to this day!

To make a long story short, David got called out on this terrible cluster of sins by a messenger, and he immediately repented. He said, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:13). As a king, he didn’t have to do this. He could have been arrogant and said, “I can do whatever I want,” and then had the messenger of God killed.

But no…David loved God, so he humbled himself and admitted his sin, even in his position of great power.

What happened next was God’s punishment coming down on David’s life. The child from this affair became sick. Remember, we are still in the Old Testament here, the punishment Jesus on took for us was still being doled out left and right to the people who went against God’s laws. King David was no exception. 

So David fasted and prayed. He begged God to not take the life of his child, but unfortunately, the child died. Bear in mind, God is sovereign. He does not have the ability to be incorrect, even if we think He is–and even if we don’t agree with Him.

What did David do after this tragedy? Did he blame God? Did he sit in self-pity for months? Did he stay afraid of God or not get out of bed? Did he beat himself up each day, or decide to live in the shadow of his mistakes forever?…NO!

HE GOT UP! The Bible says “He got up from the ground, changed his clothes, worshiped God, and got something to eat!” (See 2 Samuel 12:20).

This is what made David different. He knew God still loved him and that he had a purpose for his life, so he didn’t stay stuck in his past! HE MOVED FORWARD! This is what we all gotta do!

Friend, we’ve all made bad choices and have done things we wish we could change, but can’t. I’ve made some of the worst mistakes possible and the devil kept me shackled to those mistakes along with the consequences which came from them. God, on the other hand, has a better idea…LEARN from them and MOVE FORWARD! Since we now have Jesus, we can let Him take the brunt of those mistakes, ask for help, and then look to Him as to how to get back on track!

Jesus has set the example and given us the guidelines and Spirit needed to get on with our lives! We have nothing to be ashamed of! God actually wants to use our past mistakes for our future purpose! BUT YOU GOTTA GIVE IT TO HIM AND STOP BEING ASHAMED! Just look at the example David set for us, we are still talking about it! He messed up! So what! We need to have that same attitude and remember our value, which is priceless! So priceless, God became a man and took on any and all punishment for our sins! Awesome! You are not your mistakes! You are a co-heir with Christ! (See Romans 8:17). GET UP AND GET GOING!

So today, my friends, know this: God doesn’t want you to stay stuck in your past–not even yesterday. The devil sure does, but God doesn’t. The Bible says that “Today is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). TODAY! Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today! It also says that God’s mercies renew every morning! (See Lamentations 3:22,23). So when that sun came up, He immediately served up a brand new batch of mercy, just for you. Enjoy it and live out your purpose in Christ!

-Matt

A prayer for you: Heavenly Father, today I want to thank you for your daily dose of mercy. We don’t deserve it, but you freely give it! You don’t hold grudges against us, but instead, you see us as your beloved, cherished children. Thank you for teaching me this fact so that I could get over my past. Once you taught me how full of mercy you actually are, I finally stopped being ashamed of my past, and you’ve used it for my purpose! Thank you! I ask that you do the same for all who are reading this. For those stuck in shame and regret, help them. Give them a new mindset. Begin to move in their lives on a whole new level, and teach them how to REFUSE to stay stuck in the past. YOU MAKE ALL THINGS NEW! We are grateful! In Christ’s name, I bring this prayer to you. Amen. 

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