Trading the Greater for the Lesser
"See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God ... that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal." (Heb. 12:15-16)
- Fulfilling God's promises isn't always an EASY PROCESS.
"And Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, 'If it is so, why then am I this way?'" (Gen. 25:21-22)
- God's promises won't always result in what we EXPECTED.
"When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb." (Gen. 25:24)
- When our present is all that matters, we FORFEIT God's blessings for our future.
"...and Esau said to Jacob, 'Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.' ... But Jacob said, 'First sell me your birthright.' And Esau said, 'Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?'... so he ... sold his birthright to Jacob." (Gen. 25:30-33)
- We don't APPRECIATE what we have until it's lost.
"Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright." (Gen 25:34)
"Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears."
(Heb 12:17 NIV)
- Blessings become BURDENS when we live in discontent.
- Be GRATEFUL.
"... I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." (Phil. 4:12-13 NIV)
"For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, 'Abba! Father!' The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ." (Rom 8:15-17)