Has anyone besides me ever made a life altering decision based on emotions? After one such momentous emotional decision I got kicked off my college campus and lost my student deferment status. Shortly thereafter my local draft board sent me a friendly letter inviting me to be drafted. I escaped the draft, (and probably Vietnam combat) by enlisting in the Air Force.
For years, and many decisions after that one, my emotions defined and controlled my life. Many emotional decisions ended with toxic consequences impacting those around me.
Something similar happened to Esau. Esau’s emotions and his appetite got the best of him. He couldn’t wait till Rebekah finished cooking. After a long day hunting he begged Isaac for a bowl of soup. “I’m famished,” he pleaded. Isaac said he’d give him soup if Esau would give Isaac his birth right.
Esau sacrificed his birthright and his father’s blessing, for a bowl of soup.
I’ve learned the hard way when I make hasty decisions based on my emotions, those decisions are going to have nasty and sometimes toxic consequences. I don’t make any major decisions now without lots of prayer, Scripture reading, and counsel from God and Godly brothers who love me and hold me accountable. And I listen to that voice behind me . . .
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left your ears will hear a voice behind you saying this is the way. Walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21