There was a man named Esau who blew it because he got impatient.
Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished! … Jacob replied, First sell me your birthright. Look, I am about to die, Esau said. What good is the birthright to me? But Jacob said, Swear to me first. So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Genesis 25:29-30a;31-33
Jacob’s impatience cost him his inheritance! His inheritance meant lot’s of money and prestige! His inheritance also meant the Father of Nations. Instead, Jacob became the father of the 12 tribes of Israel not Esau. Has your impatience ever cost you? Here are 2 circumstances that when they happen you shouldn’t make a decision. Especially a big one!
1. When You Are Physically and Emotionally Tired
Esau was worn out. I dare say he wouldn’t make this mistake if he had been full and rested up. Know your limits and do not make any big decisions if you are not fully rested up! You don’t think well when you are tired and it is a recipe for disaster! Guard yourself when you are tired and frustrated. If necessary, lock yourself in a room and don’t come out.
2. When an Easier Way Out Shows Up
The Devil makes sure there is always someone around to offer a short term solution which is easier than your current path. The devil knows you are tired and will jump right in as soon as you get discouraged, depressed or down. He will bring to you a great looking alternative than doing it God’s way.
“Next the Devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the nations of the world and all their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will only kneel down and worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God; serve only him.'”” Mat 4:8-10 (NLT)
Jesus was tired and hungry. Satan said he would give Jesus the glory of the world. Did you realize glory was already promised to Jesus by God the Father if he was crucified on the cross. The cross was God’s way which was going to be hard. Satan was giving him a shortcut to glory without the cross.
What has God promised you? Do you see a way to get there that is a shortcut? Are you tempted? Stand and Do It God’s Way. Don’t give up! Don’t take a short cut. You will regret it in the long run
“Look, I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.” Rev 3:11 (NLT)