It’s an outlandish story. Two brothers, the eldest holding the birthright. A special honor given to the first-born son. A double portion of the family’s inheritance along with the honor of one day becoming the family’s leader.
Esau held this honor given to him simply because of when he was born and who he was born to.
But in Genesis 25 we read about a pressing need for Esau. This need became more important to him than his birthright.
Esau was hungry. The Bible describes him as being famished. He was so hungry that when his brother offered him a meal that sprawled out right there before him, he was willing to sell his birthright in order to satisfy his hunger.
Oh, funny Esau. So impulsive, so hungry. So foolish.
Funny until I recognize myself in him. The thought came to me, how often do I toss away God’s beautiful blessing for some immediate satisfaction?
The list flowed…
Each time I want the last word.
Each time I spend money impulsively.
Each time I attempt to prove myself right.
Each time I look to my needs before another.
Each time I turn my head away from a neighbor’s need.
Each time I allow my mind to wander during a time devoted to God.
Each time I attack rather than affirm.
Each of these times, I have made the impulsive decision to forgo a blessing from God in order to meet my immediate need.
What if I just paused? What if I just held off? What if I asked for the Lord’s strength and power rather than forging ahead with my own plan?
What blessings have I missed with my impulsive pressing “needs”?
Reading about Esau made me chuckle. But, somehow when I see the same behavior in myself, there is no laugh. Rather than a laugh, it’s time to take it to the Father.
Father, forgive me for bypassing your blessing for my immediate satisfaction. Help me to love you and love your way above all else. You are good and your way is right. I seek you. Amen.