Hebrews 12:17

“For you know that afterward when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.”

Here is a reminder of the effect of consequences. Somethings can be undone if acted upon quickly enough, but some can’t. Sometimes we can lessen the consequences, but we can’t undo what’s been done that caused the consequences. Other times the consequences must be endured with no recourse. Each of us could come up with something we remember doing that couldn’t be undone. Perhaps it was a word or maybe a blow. It could well have been an accident of some kind, but once the accident occurred, it could not be rectified.

So Esau traded away his blessing for something of much less value. He realized later he had made a mistake, but the blessing was gone. Gone forever, and the trade could not be undone. Regardless of his tears, pleas, or prayers, the choice he had made could not be redone. God is insistent that the day of repentance and obedience is today. Tomorrow may very well be too late. There are so many examples of people who rejected God and found no way to undo what they had done.

Once our eyes are closed in death, there will be no repentance. Think of the rich man who woke up in torment. No return was the message he was given. No second chance for the rich man.

Task for Today: Today, while it is called today, claim your blessing. Do not trade your relationship with God for something of passing value. It may look good, smell good, and taste good, but it is a disguised covering of death. Hunger and thirst for righteousness will lead to a heavenly blessing for which you will never need to repent.

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