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Saturday, August 15, 2009
Get Up and Wash Your Face!
"David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, "Is the child dead?" And they said, "He is dead." So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped". 2 Samuel 12:18
Life doesn't stop just because we've been hurt, lost something or dealing with a difficult situation. It doesn't slow down because we are tired or need help - it keeps on moving. Before you know it, something else is coming your way and if you don't get moving - it too will run you over. Therefore, we must learn how to properly respond too and effectively deal with the varying transitions and seasons in our lives.
David had a son born out of an adulterous relationship with Bathsheba. Because of David's sin, God declared that the child would die. During this turbulent time, David refused any comforts offered him and laid prostrate before the Lord in heaviness. However, the day came when he realized his worst fear- his son died. David's response to this news shocked those around him but demonstrates a principle that we too must apply when dealing with hardship in our lives.
The Bible says that upon receiving the news that his son was dead, David: (1) Got up, (2) washed and anointed himself, (3) changed his clothes, and (4) went to church and worshipped. Many of you may be saying, "Wait a minute!" "His son just died!?" Yes, this is true. But David realized that there was nothing he could do about it. So David got up and started to deal with the things that were still within his control. David decided to live the rest of his life. It was his son that died, not him.
David told me to tell you that the first thing you need to do is to "get up". Don't become stuck at the place of your loss. I call these places "grave sites". Grave sites are places you visit to remember a loss. They were never intended to be the residence for the living. Grave sites are places you stop by - but not stay. Secondly, you must wash and anoint yourself. David knew that whatever it was that he did, it did not determine who he was. He was God's anointed. You may have made some mistakes in your life, but they do not define "who" you are. You must learn to wash your past off and walk in the anointing that God has declared over your life. Thirdly, change your clothes. You should not look like where you came from but where you are headed. These clothes may be old associations, habits or thoughts that are remnants of your past. Take them off and put on that which communicates your future, not your past! Last but not least, worship God! The reason we become stuck in weeping is because we neglect to worship. In loss or gain, sickness or health, ups or downs - God is still worthy of your worship. When we understand, that regardless of our situation, God is still God, we allow Him to do what only God can do in our lives.
Maybe there is something in your life that you wish you could change but can't. You've been trying to make amends for something that you can do nothing about. The Bible says that after David's son died that He worshiped, took Bathsheba as his wife, and God replaced what He had taken - another son named Solomon. Restoration will not happen until you decide to "get up and wash your face!"
By Dr. J.C. Matthews, Senior Pastor of Dunamis Life Ministries and Chancellor of The International Kingdom Institute.
I am a 53 yr old businessman and I came across a subject for which I took up an interest a few years ago. That developed into other things and changed my whole direction in life. My biggest hurdle in accomplishing my book has been incorrect or missing data for which I developed a new passion. Christian is, as Christian does.