Jennifer Rothschild began last week's lesson discussing our feelings and how they affect us. We see from Scripture that our feelings are not trustworthy (Jeremiah 17:9), particularly in the way they affected Esau. If you know the story of Jacob and Esau, you may remember the time Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew (Genesis 25:29-34). Esau traded something very valuable (his inheritance) based on his present feelings of hunger. We often do the same in our own lives. We act upon temporary feelings such as anger or disappointment and let it affect our lives in possibly more long-term ways than if we had instead paused and asked God for wisdom in the situation. Esau's decision to act on his temporary feelings of hunger caused him a much harder life. Because he gave away his birthright to his brother he eventually became angry with him and sought to kill him. Esau became the nation of Edom, a nation that hated Israel and was eventually destroyed.
In order to keep our emotions in check and act out of wisdom instead of feelings we can remember the "three Rs" (found in Me, Myself, and Lies):
James 1:5 says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." God invites us to the opportunity to receive wisdom, all we have to do is ask! This often this can be something that takes practice. When we're "in the moment" it can be hard to remember to pause and ask God for wisdom, but if we know our weak points we can even ask Him now to guide us with His wisdom when we do find ourselves in times when we're overwhelmed with our feelings.
Proverbs 9:10 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight." To revere, or fear, God means that we show Him respect. We recognize that He is Lord of our lives, the one in ultimate control, and respectfully allow Him to be so.
Proverbs 12:15 says, "The way of a fool is right in His own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice." It is so easy to get wrapped up in ourselves believing we know the right way to handle things and that our opinions are best, but God says this is foolish. If we are wise we will recognize our faults and open ourselves up to the wisdom from other godly, more experience Christians. It is very important to have someone like this in your life because they often have lived through the same experiences we go through, can see things from a different perspective, and encourage us in our walk with Jesus. Whether it's your mom, grandmother, or a lady from your church I would encourage you to find someone who can provide you with Biblical wisdom.
I hope each of you have an amazing week :)