- Genesis 26:34-35 (NKJV) When Esau was forty years old, he took as wives Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 And they were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah. (Proverbs 4:1-27; 2 Corinthians 6:14)
A boy marrying a girl that his parents do not approve of is nothing new. However, before we judge Esau’s parents too harshly I must remind you that their concern was not a surface disapproval.
There was a call on their family and Esau marrying Hittite girls was taking a step away from that calling.
Unless our passion for God is supreme we will do the same. We will make choices made on our feelings at the moment. We’re make choices based on our standard of beauty and desirability and in the end we will compromise our ability to truly experience God’s best for our lives.
I talk with people on a regular basis whose lives are riddled with regrets. Somehow we think we can make unwise choices and not reap the consequences. That is a fantasy—your decisions matter, they will influence the rest of your life.
- The ONE THING: There is nothing you can do about your past decisions, but starting today make two things the “litmus test” for making choices:
First: Does it meet God’s standard
Second: Does it contribute to God’s call on my life
The Power of Prayer: God will not get involved in our bad decisions without repentance. In your prayer time today be honest with yourself and with God. Admit your failures and sin and ask God to redeem them. It is amazing what God can do with the messes we give him.
But don’t stop there. Humble yourself. Put your what you want aside and sincerely ask God to reveal to you his plan for your day. Then ask him to give you strength to live accordingly.
The Power of Caring: The Bible teaches that the wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy (Proverbs 27:6, NLT). When you observe people around you making self-centered decisions gently asked them, “Wonder what God thinks about that?”