Genesis 25:33 “But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.”
Have you ever purchased something really expensive and realized it was not a need? Perhaps, you were impulsive and didn’t really give enough thought to your actions before you bought it. Life is full of choices – big or small. The Bible provides an example of such action in the life of Esau who traded his birthright for the immediate satisfaction of stew. Because he was famished, he impulsively reacted to
his need without realizing the value of what he was giving up. Sometimes the reason why we give up something valuable is because it is the easier and convenient route to take. But at the end, it causes us/others pain, regret, and sorrow that will impact us for the rest of our lives.
You are free to make choices, but you are not free to escape the consequences. Have you made decisions out of emotional and physical pressure? Do you find yourself, at times, willing to negotiate anything for what you feel you need now? The pressure of the moment distorts our view and our perspective. So what must we do? Prioritize prayer and wait. You may not necessarily get what you want, but God who knows everything will give you what is good for you, because He is the giver of life and the one who knows best. Trust in His provision for whatever needs you may have and He will provide.
We are not in control of the things that happen to us, but we can be in control of making responsible responses. We must consider the consequences of our actions instead of being impulsive or careless. And remember, you are free to make choices, but you are not free to escape the consequences.