By: Lou Yeboah
“For you know that even afterwards, when Esau desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears. [Hebrews 12:17]. This verse is a sobering reminder that there are times when it is too late to reverse the damage done by our decisions. Many people, having heard all their lives about the grace and mercy of God, take His grace for granted. They decide on courses and actions which they know are contrary to God’s will, but figure that “God will forgive me anyway” and plunge foolishly into their rebellious ways. These people exhibit the spirit of Esau — and unfortunately may well discover his end as well. For Hebrews tells us that when “later” came, and Esau wanted to repent of his actions, it was too late. “He found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.” Once he had given his inheritance away, he could not regain it back, no matter how “sorry” he was, or how many tears he cried. This sad story should be a warning to each of us, not to take for granted the grace of God, as well as to realize that there are irreversible decisions in life. It should be a sobering reminder to each of us to weigh our actions carefully, and not to presume upon the grace and forgiveness of God. The weightiest application…. One day it will be too late for repentance. The rich man in [Luke 16] discovered that too late. His destiny was now fixed, and like in Esau’s case “there was no place for repentance.”
Not to mention, the people of Judah who were beginning to see the serious consequences of not repenting when they had the chance. God extended them an opportunity for salvation. They stubbornly refused and kept up their idolatry. God sent judgment—Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem. Still they thought they would be rescued. They thought Jerusalem will never be destroyed. Is not the Lord in Zion? Is not her King in her? They were told by false prophets that deliverance would come by summertime, and certainly in time for Fall harvest. Well, repentance did not come. Rescue did not come. They finally realized too late that they had been wrong. What a grief it was to realize their punishment was set and there would be no salvation now. [2 King 8: 21,22,1]. A Day Too Late and A Dollar Short!
Say to them: ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked should turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’ [Ezekiel 33:11].
There are some of you reading this who are on the verge of being one day too late with God. You are acting like Israel and putting off repentance, for your own pursuits. I want you know that Jeremiah was God’s mouthpiece to preach the message of judgment and restoration. Through visions, God clarified two things: first, like the almond tree, which blooms first and watches spring’s arrival, so God would watch over His word to bring it to fruition [Jeremiah 1:11–12]; second, like the tilting boiling pot, there was disaster brewing for God’s people in Judah because they had forsaken the Lord, and Jeremiah was to warn them. [Jeremiah chapter 2, 4].
The prophet Isaiah also caught a vision of this end time. In [Isaiah 13:9] the Bible says, “Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.”
Don’t wait until its too late! When you think of the great catastrophes that have shaken this world, when you think of the tragedy and destruction even in your own lifetime, you know there have been some awful times of trouble on earth. Yet the Bible says that a time is coming, a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation, even to that same time. [Matthew 24:21].
I tell you, Hindsight is 20/20. Foresight is to expect the unexpected; to anticipate the ‘not yet’. Don’t be a day late and a dollar short! God appeal to you today is to “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.[Isaiah 55:6-7].
Understand that there are two pressing deadlines and that both of them are urgent. Christ has a deadline for His return of which no man knows the day nor the hour [Matthew 25:13]. At the very same time, we ourselves have a date that we will one day have to come face to face with. Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. [2 Corinthians 6:2].
“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, ‘Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.” [Revelation 15:8; 16:1].