When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran.” Genesis 27:42-43
Listen: Genesis 27
It seemed like a good plan at the time. Cook some tasty food, fool the old man, grab the blessing and call it good. Get what you want and get out. But apparently, no one considered what might happen after that. No one planned on an irate Esau and the possibility he would murder Jacob. No one thought that one day Jacob would be at home, but the next day he would be on the run. What Rebekah thought would be just a brief time turned into twenty years. She would never see her beloved Jacob again. These are consequences.
As Senior Pastor Jeff Manion says, “You can choose your behavior, you don’t get to choose the consequences of your behavior.” This is a powerful warning. We can choose adultery; we don’t get to choose our family’s response. We can choose to post on social media; we don’t get to choose who ultimately may see it. We can choose anger; we don’t get to choose the fallout.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Choices matter. They can bring consequences or breathe life. What we choose to think, say and do will bring one or the other. Each time we face a choice is an opportunity for surrender. We’ll either surrender to God or surrender to sin. We choose. Listen to Hillsong’s “I Surrender” to remind you of the loving God who desires your surrender.
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