As soon as Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry. Genesis 27:34
No one wants their life to end the way Esau’s did, so how can we avoid Esau’s plunge to disaster?
First, submit yourself fully to the authority of God. You have to begin with the heart of the problem. The heart of Esau’s trouble was that he was godless. If you want to avoid his plunge to disaster you have to begin by letting God be God in your life.
Second, establish God’s values as the navigating points of your life. You cannot start with values. If you do, the values you establish will reflect your impulses. That’s no better than shooting arrows and then painting circles around them and saying you hit the target.
When you have submitted your life to the authority of God, then you will be in a position to establish God’s values as the navigating points of your life. Pastor Martyn Lloyd Jones once said, “Every young man ought to make it his business to establish certain things that he will vow never to do.” What is there in your life that is sacred?
Do you see the progression here? If you operate on the basis of impulse, you will take a plunge to disaster. In order to live a successful life, you need values that will be like navigating points for your life. But you cannot establish right values until you have submitted yourself to God.
How can you avoid a plunge to disaster? Where do you need to start?