Genesis 25:27-34 As the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter. He was an outdoors man, but Jacob had a quiet temperament, preferring to stay at home. Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
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 me now?”
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.
Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn.
Esau was quick to give up his future blessing for the immediate reward of what he wanted. That is a direct reflection of our society today.
It is reflected in the lack of nutrition in fast food, we want it quick and are willing to forgo the health risks that poor nutrition offers.
This is reflected in short marriages and speedy divorces. We all want love, but affairs offer a faster return without the work. We throw away a moment of pleasure instead of working for a lifetime of happiness.
It is reflected in television shows, where problems are solved in thirty minutes and drama is completed in an hour. We expect the same results in our own life because we have lost touch with the reality of what life really takes.
We live from paycheck to paycheck or paycheck to credit card wanting the life that our parents spent years saving and planning for, because we think we need it now.
We have get rich quick schemes, pills to melt away the fat overnight, extreme exercises, cheat codes for video games and hacks already built-in. All these things trick our minds into thinking that we can get a reward that others work for, without any effort. It makes us think of the immediate reward instead of the long-term consequences.
Except salvation, God’s blessings require effort on our part. We seek Him, we will find Him. We obey Him, He will bless us. There are many kingdom things that we will forego if we decide that we want to live in NOW Christianity. We will find ourselves frustrated when the answers to our prayers don’t come after the first time and we have to wait on God’s timing. When the obstacle in front of us is not removed immediately because God knows the process He wants to take us through requires we go through the obstacle.
God is the God of the now, but His ways are higher than our ways. His timing is not our timing. He orders our steps, it is our responsibility to walk in them and wait on Him.
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