Buyer’s Remorse

by Joanna Pierce on May 17, 2018

Buyer’s remorse is an emotional condition when people feel guilty or anxious about something they’ve purchased. This emotional state can affect us in many areas of our life. However, we should never have buyer’s remorse in our relationship with God. When we make a commitment to God, we need to strive to keep it.

Examples of Buyer’s Remorse

There are many examples of buyer’s remorse in Scriptures. The first instance can be found in Genesis 3; Adam and Eve were beguiled by the serpent to eat of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Once their eyes were open, they had immediate regret (buyer’s remorse) (Genesis 3:7). We’re taught early in Scripture that sin has dire consequences and will never lead us to a place of happiness.

Esau and Jacob were constantly at war in their formative years. Early on, Jacob convinced Esau to sell his birthright in a moment of hunger. He traded the blessings and riches of God for momentary satisfaction in his flesh. After that moment, he spent the rest of his life feeling buyer’s remorse (Genesis 25:29–34).

Why We Experience Buyer’s Remorse

Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, drifted away from God toward the end of his life. He had numerous wives and served their false Gods. In Ecclesiastes he writes how he felt an emptiness inside of him. He strove to build large buildings and gain all the wealth he could muster, but there was still an emptiness inside. It was all vanity and vexation of spirit (Ecclesiastes 2:1). He fell into a rhythm of seeking anything but God, and at each turn experienced buyer’s remorse. He couldn’t find anything earthy to fulfill a place in his life only God could hold. We cannot allow the things of this world to take precedence in our life.

Buy the Truth

The disciples could have very easily felt buyer’s remorse. They left everything they knew—their trades and families—to follow Jesus. If they listened to the devil, they could have become saddened. However, the disciples understood a pivotal truth: buy the truth and don’t sell it (Proverbs 23:23).

In the book of Daniel, we see three Hebrew men who refused to bow down to the golden image of King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3:12). Then, Daniel himself refused to stop praying 3 times a day no matter the king’s decree (Daniel 6:10). They knew what they had found in God and wouldn’t trade it for the world. They determined in themselves that they would serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).

Avoiding Buyer’s Remorse

Elijah teaches us keys to avoiding buyer’s remorse. When faced against the 450 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, Elijah knew an altar was needed (I Kings 18:30). Me must first prepare an altar in our life for God to dwell and sacrifice our worldly desires for kingdom promises. In order for God to reign in our life, He must be first (Colossians 1:18).

After preparing an altar, Elijah turns to prayer. It’s imperative that we make room for prayer in our daily walk with God. When we have an intimate relationship with Him, he will lead and guide us and answer us when we pray! Elijah prayed it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t for the span of 3.5 years. When he prayed again, the rain came (James 5:17–18).

Elijah’s prayer over the sacrifice on Mt. Carmel made the difference (I Kings 18:36–37). He first prayed the people would know he was God’s servant, but then prayed the people would know who God was—the Lord of all. When we’re bought into the truth, we’ll have a desire for others to know what we do, and we’ll stop at nothing to testify of His greatness!

Finally, after Elijah’s prayer, the fire of God fell and consumed the sacrifice (I Kings 18:38). We need the burning, consuming fire of the Holy Ghost to fall on us and the works we do day-to-day. We cannot function without the Spirit of God present in our life. He will keep us from taking any action to lead us to buyer’s remorse and help us hold true to the valuable things in this life.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on May 16, 2018 with Guest Teacher, Brother Koonce