Jacob and Esau

Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Genesis 25:29-‬34 NKJV

Esau was Jacob’s older brother, and he got his share of hard knocks when it comes to losing out to Jacob. However, in this particular instance, Esau had no one to blame but himself when it came to selling his birthright for a bowl of stew. In the moment he felt like he was famished, and his judgement was clouded to the point where he was willing to trade his future inheritance and whatever else a birthright entails for one bowl of soup. He probably could have asked his father for his birthright, sold it outright, and got thousands of bowls of soup! However, once the transaction was finished, and once his flesh was no longer screaming at him for food, it sounds like he realized what a terrible mistake he had made.

This particular example rings to true to me, being someone who doesn’t often consider the big picture of such a small decision like eating a cookie, or having that soda. However, what I fail to consider is that eating one cookie today might lead to diabetes down the road, or unnecessary weight gain that is undesirable. I very well could be trading my future health or wellness for a momentary craving that will satiate my sweet tooth.

For you, it might be not be food. But I would challenge you to consider what, if any, seemingly small choices you might be making today in which you are trading a something massive and amazing for something ultimately insignificant in your life. It could be finances; are you regretting a number of small purchases you’ve made after realizing there was a BIG and lasting thing you could have purchased if you’d saved your money? Is it time misspent, finding out you are missing on an opportunity with family or friends because you procrastinated on a work project? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you anything in your life where you are sacrificing the BEST thing for a good-right-now thing and ask him to change your heart and habits to ensure you are making decisions that will see you obtain your God-given birthright!