“And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”
Many times I have heard people say to their detriment, “I feel this is the right thing to do.” They think this is spiritual because they want everyone to believe that their feelings are spiritual because they go to church. Let me make this clear; your feelings are not spiritual but carnal. You must understand that your feelings are based on your flesh and not on God’s Word or the Holy Ghost of God. To say that you “feel” something is right is to say that you are basing your decision on what your flesh wants to do. The problem with this is that the flesh bases decisions on the moment, which almost always doesn’t see the whole picture of what a decision should be based upon.
In the verse above, Isaac made this tragic decision based on his feelings. Isaac was an older man whose eyesight was bad. He told his eldest son, Esau, to bring him venison meat so that he could pass the family blessing to him. Because Esau didn’t have any venison meat prepared, he had to kill a deer before preparing the meal. The problem: Rebekah wanted Jacob to get the blessing, so she prepared some meat and gave it to Jacob and had him present the meal to his father so that he could receive the family blessing. When Jacob came to receive the blessing, Isaac knew that something was wrong, but instead of delaying his decision until he could make the right decision, he let his feelings tell him what to do, which led him to make the wrong decision. Had Isaac waited to make the decision until he knew it was Jacob, the family battle between Jacob and Esau would have never occurred.
My friend, never make a decision based on your feelings. Your feelings have an agenda, and that agenda is you. Your feelings will always tell you how to make a decision based upon how you are benefited from it instead of on what God’s Word tells you to do. Nearly every bad decision that is made is a decision based on feelings instead of principle. When you make a decision, you are going to have to learn to separate your feelings from the moment and base your decisions on the principles of God’s Word.
Moreover, when a decision doesn’t seem right, don’t do it. There are times when you know something is not right, but you can’t put your finger on why it is not right. Isaac knew something wasn’t right, and he should not have made the decision at the moment. Making decisions without all the facts is asking for trouble. When something sounds too good to be true, it is probably too good to be true. Many make quick decisions based on how good it seems instead of on reality and principle. It is wise not to make a decision when what you hear sounds too good to be true. Only God’s Word can tell you what the right decision is to make.
Furthermore, when you are having a tough time discerning if it’s right, delay it. Delay can be the best decision you can make. If the decision you are faced with is a good decision, it will still be a good decision to make when you have time to discern from God’s Word that it is good. Basing decisions on feelings is like flying an airplane by what feels right; this is a recipe for disaster. Let delay become your best friend when making decisions. Using the time of delay to find God’s mind on the decision will always help you make better decisions.