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.
Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) talks about Isaac’s twin sons. In particular the Lord says in Verse 23 how, “….“The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.””
In pondering over today’s word the thought which speaks loudest to me is to first pause when tempted for immediate satisfaction, hasty pleasures, instant gratification, momentary enjoyment or fleeting delight. To first consider the longer-term consequences and implications on the future before acting or committing. In other words, when faced with a similar situation we too need to do just the opposite of Esau as he decides in haste, not thinking things through nor seeking wise counsel. Even to the point of exaggerating his situation, rationalizing and self-justifying when giving up his birthright just for immediate satisfaction and the temporal pleasures of food. Verse 32 affirms this by saying, ““Look, I’m dying of starvation!”…”
Hence, my take away today is found in Psalm 25:4-5 which says succinctly well, “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” Remembering also Proverbs 12:15 which says, “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”