“Quench not the Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
Many things may happen in a man’s life, such as the loss of a job, the loss of a spouse, or even the loss of beloved children. And a man who has strength in the Lord may find grace in the midst of these situations. Even grace abundantly. Though sadness come, yet grace may and will prevail for that man. Yet if that man does something that grieves the Lord, such as causes the breaking of a relationship between two brothers, then the Lord will become grieved.
That same man who experienced sorrow earlier may then begin to feel burdened about his past faults, as though he had sinned beyond repair. In reality, this man is now beginning to suffer on account of his present sin, and not on account of the problems that he experienced in the past. The solution to that man’s problems is not to try and “undo” or “recreate” the past, as though that were possible (it is not), but rather, this man must diligently seek the Lord as to where the problem lies: in a broken relationship (or whatever the problem happens to be).
Has this happened to you? Have you experienced problems and, at the time that they occured, found that you were able to cope with them, and even grow through them? And then, later on, you felt “haunted” by these same problems? (Maybe they were not “problems” at all, but rather circumstances of life that happen to us all.) The answer to your current situation may be simpler than you think. Perhaps it is rooted in some displeasure that the Lord senses in your current life – and does not relate to the past at all.
Think about it. And pray.
“Lord, help me to be aware of all that is happening in my life today. Help me to be sensitive to your voice. Are you pleased with me? Have I done anything to grieve your heart? Is there any area in my life that you are trying to address? Lord, I submit all and every way to you, for your name’s sake. Help me to be sensitive. And help me to be alert, responsive, and obedient to your call. For it is in Christ’s name that I pray. Amen.”