The man came in starving. He demanded food from his brother.
His brother saw that he was hungry and demanded payment for the food.
And Esau paid with his birthright. We read this story in Genesis 25. It seems too high a price to pay for a bowl of soup. But all Esau could think about was the here and now. The immediate was more important than the eternal. He wasn’t thinking about the future. He was thinking about his stomach. He cast off all his restraint and sold his inheritance.
“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond. Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them. A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent. An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins. Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor. The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify. Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice. The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.” Proverbs 29:18-27
And what of us? What are we giving up because the immediate is more important than the eternal? God’s Revelation, His Word is available for us to feast on every day. Do we eat or do we wait till Sunday morning and walk into church with our souls starving for nourishment? Do we expect our pastors to be the ones to feed us, or are we willing to eat at home?
And what are we trading of our inheritance?
Father, I want to commit to spending time feasting on Your Word throughout my week.