Don’t Act on Impulse!

As twins go, Jacob and Esau were very different. But they quickly learned to negotiate. Have you ever struck a deal that favored you over your brother? For example, you offer him a candy bar in exchange for his expensive video game. Well, that same dynamic was at work between Jacob and Esau.

Esau had been out hunting and came home exhausted and hungry. Nothing mattered to him except food—and certainly not something as remote as a future inheritance. In a moment of weakness he said, ‘I am about to die…what is this birthright to me…So…he…sold [it] to Jacob…[for] bread and stew’ (Genesis 25:32-34 NKJV).

It was a decision Esau would live to regret, and couldn’t undo. Recovering addicts are taught the importance of observing their H.A.L.T. sign. When they’re Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired, they’re in danger. And so are you!

Acting on impulse will cause you to:

1) buy stuff you don’t need at prices you can’t afford;

2) react before you get all the facts, resulting in a loss of respect, opportunities, and good relationships;

3) compromise your character for a few moments of sinful pleasure;

4) quit in the middle of the race, or worse, on the threshold of victory.

The Bible says,

‘‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’’

When you make choices based on short-term gratification rather than life-long convictions and goals, you always lose out in the end. So don’t take the deal; don’t trade your God-given destiny for momentary gratification. Be patient and hold fast. When you do, God will bring your dreams to pass in ways that honor instead of diminishing them.

‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’  Isaiah 28:16 ESV

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