Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

Have you ever heard someone say, “Oh, he had such great potential, but he never lived up to it”?
Esau was Jacob’s brother. He was a man who had great potential. He was skilled in almost everything he did. He was a hunter. He was a leader. He came from a godly patriarch family. He could do just about anything to which he put his mind. The problem was that he put his energies in all the wrong places. The Bible says that he was a lady’s man. He was promiscuous and married outside the tribe. His parents were greatly saddened by the direction his life was taking.
During a moment of weakness, Esau made the greatest mistake of his life when he traded away his birthright for a simple meal. He had just returned from hunting and he was hungry. His brother was making stew but would not give him any. Esau was angered by this and negotiated for what he wanted by agreeing to give Jacob his family inheritance. It seems almost unbelievable that Esau would do such a thing.
Esau had not understood the value of his birthright or his future in God. He could only see the immediate pleasures available to him. His appetites were driven by his flesh, and his choices led him to live a life that even God said He despised.
Every day, there are Esaus living in the same way. They see the fruits that their professional life can give them. They make choices based on what seems right at the moment, for immediate gratification.
God has a future and a plan for every person, but not every person will choose to follow this plan. Pray for those you encounter today who are still living as Esaus, and ask God to move on their behalf in order that they may fulfill their Godly heritage.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.

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