When he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears. (Heb. 12:17)
Every choice has a consequence. Consequence is one of those words that is widely misunderstood. Many associate a consequence with discipline or something negative. But a consequence is simply the result of a decision. Therefore, a consequence can either be good or bad. Going to Kingswood for four years and doing well in my classes led to a degree. This consequence is good. However, other decisions I have made in my life I have come to regret, and now I have to deal with the negative consequences.
Esau faced a negative consequence of a bad decision he made. Esau did not think about the long-term consequence of trading his birthright for a simple bowl of soup, and later, he regretted it. He could not come back from it. It’s the same with us. Decisions we make today may affect us for the rest of our lives. We may not think about it in the critical moments when we really need to consider outcomes.
It is important to be in prayer before you need to make critical decisions. Think ahead to the consequences of any decision you make, whether it be good or bad. Use wisdom to determine how to make good decisions. Make the decision God is leading you to, no matter how hard. After all, he knows what is best.
Pray for wisdom in all decisions, whether big or small.
Augustine Gidney is a fourth year Kingswood University student with a focus on counseling and children’s ministry. She loves spending time doing arts and crafts.
© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.
Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.