In the culture of this time period, the firstborn son received a “birthright,” which included the right to preside in the family and a double portion of his father’s goods and land when his father died. The birthright son then could take care of the rest of the family, including his father’s widow. Some people criticize Jacob for “taking advantage” of his brother; however, we do not know the whole story. The story does show what little value Esau placed on the birthright and the blessings of being the firstborn son in the covenant line of Abraham and shows that Jacob desired those blessings.
Now how does this apply to us today? Esau traded away something that would be of great value to him in the future (his birthright) for something of little value that could be obtained right away and satisfied an immediate appetite (hunger). How often do we do this? Do we give up our dreams of achieving academically, by wasting our time doing something trivial like watching a tv instead of studying, or not paying attention in school, so we can keep up with the latest social things? Do we trade time building relationships with our family, by being absorbed in a phone or computer? The situations where we give up our long term desires to satisfy our temporary wants is countless. As my dad would always tell me “Don’t trade what you want most for what you want now.” My invitation for myself and you this next week, is to evaluate what we are doing. Are we giving up time with a loved one to attain temporary satisfaction? Are we giving up opportunities to become a better and more capable person by choosing to give up our time to social media or gaming? In short, are we giving up greatest desires to soothe our temporary wants?
I know that I have tried to apply this principle, that my dad taught me, in my life, and call of the Lord to help me overcome the natural man and have a vision of my true desires, I have felt empowered and supported by him. I know he wants us to reach our full potential and all we need to do is ask. I know this is true in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!