Genesis 25:29-34 tells about two brothers: Esau fighting with his younger brother, Jacob. I know your kids don’t fight, but these kids did! Jacob was a homemaker. He liked to be in house doing chores and cooking. Esau was incredibly hairy (think of a trimmed Chewbacca) and loved hunting. Needless to say, their interests and passions were exceedingly different.
In Genesis 25, Jacob caught Esau in a dreadfully vulnerable moment. Esau’s job was to hunt and he came home empty-handed. Exhausted and extremely hungry. He begged Jacob for some of his food. Jacob, seeing Esau’s desperation says, “give me your birthright.” Birthright back then was a HUGE deal. Firstborn, Esau, had the birthright, meaning he receives the inheritance when his dad dies. Jacob was jealous. Esau, being a bit of a drama queen, sells his birthright for some stew… STEW!
We have all made bad decisions when we were really hungry, right? We say things we shouldn’t. Our stomach feels like it is collapsing in on itself. Esau had a God given inheritance and it was his obligation to steward it well. Instead, he sold it for momentary satisfaction.
Aren’t we guilty of this? Instead of love, we choose lust. Instead of joy and peace, we choose worry and anxiety. Instead of honoring someone, we choose to disrespect them. We drink those bowls of soup. There are times in our lives where God puts us in situations so we learn to trust Him. To trust, despite the circumstance, we need to believe that He is for our good and loves us. During those times, are you trading the joy, faith, and trust that God has provided for you for bowl of stew filled with doubt, fear, and insecurity?
I’ve been guilty of drinking bad stew, as I know you have as well. Let us believe God, take Him at his word, and know that He is for our good. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God didn’t give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but one of power and self-control. Let us embrace what God has given us!