The last couple of days my thoughts have centered on Genesis 25:29-34, "Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!"..."Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright." "Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good is the birthright to me?" But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright." (NIV)
When I first read this passage, I wondered; How could someone be so shallow as to sell their birthright, their future blessing, their destiny and imminent favor for a bowl of soup?
Until I realized times of my life where I had been just like Esau. Gave up on God's future blessing for immediate relief, pleasure, or gratification.
How often I had been allured away from God's best for money, love, self-significance...or how I caved to the pressures of my immediate circumstances and sought an "easy-out".
Esau had an insatiable hunger for an immediate gratification...He wanted his immediate needs to be met...and in his impatience...he gave up his future.
Friend, no matter what our immediate needs are, I pray we will never give up or lose sight of our future birthright. May we never forget Who God has called us to be. May we never possess such an insatiable hunger to experience relief that we give up on the dreams and future promise God gave us. May we never exchange our eternal hopes and promises for temporal relief.
I want to encourage you. If you are facing overwhelming circumstances, don't give up. Ephesians 6:13-14 says, "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then..." (NIV)
God will fulfill HIS PROMISES. HE WILL NOT ABANDON YOU. So...remember to Dream Big, Laugh Often, Knowing God's Got It All Under Control.