Shared this thought before. Figured some of us could use a reminder this morning.
Ever think that some of us need to re-read the story of Jacob and Esau?
Esau was a big, red hunter. He was a survivalist. He could make it on his own. Still, the story shows us a flare for the dramatic. Esau came in from the field, starved. Esau said to Jacob, “Give me some of that red stew—I’m starved!” Jacob said, “Make me a trade: my stew for your rights as the firstborn.” Esau said, “I’m starving! What good is a birthright if I’m dead?” Jacob said, “First, swear to me.” And he did it. On oath Esau traded away his rights as the firstborn. That’s how Esau shrugged off his rights as the firstborn.
We know Esau would not have starved to death. He was hungry and in a moment of self-inflicted vulnerability, he set aside a God-given right for a right now satisfaction.
How many times have we done that? How many times have we allowed a right now satisfaction take the place of what we wanted most?
It’s apparent to me that Esau wasn’t God’s choice to be the one to take up the mantle of Abraham. Still, that doesn’t mean God can’t use Esau to teach His children a lesson.
I heard a preacher say: “Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now!”
Let’s go with that today.
Happy Summertime y’all! Dig out the flip-flops and sunscreen. What you want most is coming. Believe for it! Then, wait on it!
-Pastor Butch