History has a way of repeating itself. Learning is part of life. Sometimes when people fail to learn from what life throws at them, they keep making same mistakes over and over again. We all make mistakes, innocently or ignorantly. But some of the mistakes are avoidable if only we take some steps I’m going to mention below. The previous generation has a way of influencing the succeeding ones.
Consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. Psalms 48:13 (NIV)
Like I said earlier, most of life mistakes can be avoided if only we take to heart the experiences of people and events around us, since there is nothing new under the sun. It then means that whatever step we intend to take, there must have been someone, somewhere who had taken such steps in the past; so all we need to do is to follow their steps. But anytime we want to create a new path for ourselves, we must be ready to learn from our own experience.
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV)
If you only want to learn from your own experience, you must be ready to endure the painful process. Because you will have to be learning on the go. The journey might be longer than expected as well. King Solomon learned a lot through personal experience. That is why his book called,’‘Ecclesiastes,’‘ was a reflection on his past mistakes caused by inordinate craves….After he had seen it all. He later called them VANITY OF VANITIES. However, most of his bad experiences may have been avoided if he had learned from previous generations or his contemporaries.
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”……Edmund Burke
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”.. George Santayana
Therefore, for history not to repeat itself, whether personally or as a family or a Nation, we must be ready to learn from others experiences both good and bad. There are people who had done what you intend to do. Study their lives, examine them thoroughly, learn from their mistakes and practice what make them successful. In fact, what makes the Bible unique compare to other religious book is that, it comprises the true life story of various people at various times with their mistakes and successes, there are lots to learn from them.
Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. Deutoronomy 32:7 (NIV)
What people called generational curses are not actually what it is. If the succeeding generation doesn’t learn from the pitfalls of the previous generation, and what they do is to imitate their lifestyles, of course when that happens, history is bound to repeat itself. But when that happened people name it GENERATIONAL CURSES. Even though I don’t believe in such doctrine applying to a true believer or born again Christian. Those that love God has broken the pattern of curses upon their lives and same affects the generation after them positively.
But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands. Exodus 20:6 (NLT)
For example, when a child grew up under an alcoholic father, grew up to see an embarrassing moment of drinking to stupor by his father, saw the father molesting his mother, e.t.c, and still not learn from such habits, but rather take to getting drunk himself as an adult, and also beating his own wife; could that be called a generational curse? Hell no! What we have is a child that failed to learn from his father’s mistakes and way of life.
Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Return ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD. Zechariah 1:4 9(ESV)