Get Over Stuff To Reclaim Your Stuff – By Babatunde Olugboji
In 1 Samuel 30, David arrived at Ziklag with 600 men, surveyed the ruins, wept, encouraged himself in the Lord, and asked God, shall I pursue? Go ahead, said the Lord, you shall recover all that the Amalekites took.
And he set out on the trail of the Amalekites. But there was a very important hurdle the pursuing party needed to scale. They had to cross the Besor brook. Of the 600 men with him, only 400 were able to cross with David their leader; 200 who were too exhausted remained behind (1 Samuel 30: 9-10).
Besor brook was a unique place. It was a very cold ravine in the extreme south-west of Judah. It was a narrow steep-sided valley commonly eroded by running water. Crossing it requires focus and determination. David and his men would have to navigate through this cold enclave to overtake the Amalekite raiders to reclaim their stuff. 200 men couldn’t make it because they couldn’t cross the cold place.
Besor symbolizes that cold uncomfortable situation or relationship that many of us couldn’t overcome. People who you perceive as being cold; the brother in church that hasn’t stopped to give you a handshake you for a couple of months, that sister that didn’t greet you as enthusiastically as she used to, the usher who ushered you into that corner of the church you didn’t like and thereafter, you refused to say hello to her.
Or that person who borrowed money from you and failed to repay and was even talking behind your back about how miserly you are for expecting him to fulfill his promise of repayment. You just couldn’t get over that disappointment. You couldn’t understand why people behave the way they do. These are ‘Besor situations.’
If you are going to reclaim your possession, you must get over the cold place, the awkward relationships. You may have been hurt or wounded, but come to think of it, Jesus was also hurt and wounded, but he didn’t put that on us.
Situations may not be perfect, but to pursue and overtake, you’ve got to get over such situations. You must get over that person that yelled at you, you’ve got to get over that fellow believer whom you see as not as prayerful as you but was getting blessed by God. You’ve got to get over your prayer partner only texting and not visiting you when you were sick. You’ve got to get over such stuff to be able to reclaim your stuff.
In this life, you shall face tribulations, you will have to deal with unfriendly people, people who ought to treat you well but didn’t. At work, your boss may not be your favorite person, but whatever is going on in your life, you’ve got to get over it, so that you can successfully cross the Besor brook and chase down the devil, just like the 400 men did.
This week, lift up your voice and declare: In [your town of residence] there shall be deliverance and holiness; and the house of [your family name] shall possess their possessions. I shall pursue, I shall overtake, and without fail, I shall recover all. I am fully persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to stop me from chasing after my stuff.
Have a great week!
Kingdom Dynamics, a weekly column written by Dr. Babatunde Olugboji, the President, Kingdom House, a non-profit organization in New Jersey, USA.
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