Gods Story For Your Life

Gods Story For Your Life

Genesis 25:27-34

Isaac married Rebekah, who gave birth to twins, Jacob
and Esau. After the boys
come of age, Jacob tricks Esau out of his

Birthright and
One day when Jacob was cooking
some stew, Esau arrived home from the
wilderness exhausted and hungry. Esau
said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me
some of that red stew!” (This is how
Esau got his other name, Edom, which
means “red.”)

“All right,” Jacob
replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”

“Look, I’m
dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to

But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is
mine.” So Esau
swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn
to his brother,
Jacob. / (Genesis 25:29-33)

birthright was a special honor given to the firstborn son. It included
double portion of the family inheritance along with the honor of one
becoming the family’s leader. The oldest son could sell his birthright or
it away if he chose, but in so doing, he would lose both material goods
his leadership position. By trading his birthright, Esau showed
disregard for the blessings that would have come his way if he had
kept it.

Esau traded the lasting benefits of his birthright for the
immediate pleasure
of food. Esau exaggerated his hunger. “I’m dying of
starvation!” he said. The
pressure of the moment distorted his perspective
and made his decision seem
urgent. He acted on impulse, satisfying his
immediate desires without
considering the long-range consequences. We can
fall into the same trap. When
we see something we want, our first impulse is
to get it and we can exaggerate
its importance in the moment. We can avoid
making Esau’s mistake by comparing
the short-term satisfaction with the
long-range consequences.

We often experience pressures like Esau did. For
example, when we feel sexual
temptation, a marriage vow may seem unimportant.
We might feel such great
pressure in one area that nothing else seems to
matter and we lose our
perspective. Getting through that short,
pressure-filled moment is often the
most difficult part of overcoming

Ask God to help you see life from his
perspective and to help you resist
making an Esau-like choice.

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