Esau was an outdoorsman – a skillful hunter. Jacob preferred to stay at home. One day when Jacob was at home cooking some stew, Esau arrived from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. He said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that stew!”

“All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.” So Esau swore an oath, and sold all of his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. (Genesis 25:27-34, NLT)

Jacob & Esau

Hunger consumed Esau, so much so that his appetite, and his wish for immediate gratification, overruled his self-control. He had no thought for the future. He saw it, smelled it and wanted some of that stew – now.

We’ve all been there, literally and figuratively. Just before mealtime you’re raiding the cupboard or the fridge. “Where’s something to hold me over? Got to have something! So what if I ruin my appetite?” You want it now.

Food is just the beginning.  A new computer, iPad, or cellphone beckon. Our vehicle’s odometer turns over a certain number of miles, and we start thinking about a newer vehicle. We see an alluring woman (or man) and lust sparks our desire. We take a step closer. Our appetite overrules self-control.  There’s always a price to pay.

There’s no doubt about it, while we’re in this body we’re consumed with a gnawing sense that we have this hole in our lives that needs to be filled. We long to fill that hole with any number of material things and experiences, both good and bad. But no matter how much money we make or what kinds of pursuits we chase after, that hunger for more still eats away at us.

Instead of going to God’s Word for direction when tough temptations loom, or instead of using the brains He gave us, we go with our gut. Or worse, we fly on autopilot, not giving a second thought to the consequences of our actions.

Like Esau giving up his birthright for some bread and stew, we sometimes exchange true joy for a temporary thrill, a blessed future for immediate fulfillment. We carelessly toss aside our imperishable spiritual birthright for a consumable – and fleeting – fantasy.

The rewards of obedience to God’s will are flushed away every day by such hasty choices. We give up our financial security or our own sexual purity for a rush that lasts only seconds. The regret, however, can last for years.

So before giving in, stop and pray. Give it some time. Then take another look at the price tag on that spiritual birthright God offers. It’s marked “priceless.”

“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Romans 8:6, NLT)


Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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  1. Good one!!!!

    Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  2. Such a good word! Thank you for reminding us.


  3. bwcarey Says:

    the glow of now, becomes a dull tomorrow, we forget


  4. Amen! We want it now and don’t always consider the consequences. Great post! 🙂


  5. garden2day Says:

    Great post. It is hard to suppress what makes us feel good even though we know it is not the right thing. As soon we see it, we get tunnel vision and forget everything else along with any consequence. The mind is weak at times and that’s when we should go to God–i have to tell myself this over and over and I know it. Thanks. Have a great weekend! Take care! – Amy 😀


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