Recently I looked at the lives of men who compromised their relationship with God. Esau became a godless person, though being raised in the home of Isaac and Rebekah. The story is told in Gen. 25:29-34. He came in from hunting and was famished, so he asked Jacob for some stew. Jacob took advantage of the situation and asked for Esau's birthright. Esau sold his birthright for a pot of stew. Heb. 12:16 says Esau was a profane person, meaning he was a godless person. He did not develop a relationship with God. He no longer respected the things of God. Heb. 12:12 says, "Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed." When we are tired, and weary, and wounded in our heart, we need to pay attention to this. We need to strengthen the areas of our lives that are weak and wounded. Otherwise, that which is lame may become dislocated, but God wants us to be healed. We need to make "straight paths" for our feet. We need to straighten out what has gone wrong, and get our feet back on a straight path. Everyone of us gets wounded, and hurt, and we all need to strengthen and straighten our paths. Look into the word of God for direction, and spend time in prayer to strengthen weak areas. "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord." Heb. 12:14. We need to come to peace with the struggles we have with people! We need to deal with people, and forgive, and let go of past hurts. We need to pursue holiness, for only then will we see the Lord. When we compromise our faith, we do not see the Lord working in our lives. "Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled." Heb. 12:15. There is grace to overcome all bitterness and hurt. Esau compromised his relationship, and did not see the Lord's blessing.
Am I compromising in any area of my life today?
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