Recently, my attention was drawn to the famous story of Esau and Jacob in the bible. Everyone remembers how Esau was the guy who made a really bad decision and had to live with the terrible consequences. He gave up his entire inheritance in exchange for a bowl of beans because he was hungry and couldn’t control himself.
There’s so much more to the story of Esau and Jacob I’m sure you know that. (Especially if you were raised in church and attended Sunday school) but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how like Esau I can be if I let my guard down.
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Truth is several times without number, I have acted just like Esau; giving up important treasures because I needed immediate gratification.
Esau was so hungry; he acted without thought and on impulse. He became led by his feelings, his physical needs and he made an emotional decision.
Lesson One: Emotional decisions are often rash and will most likely be regretted later. If he had stopped to think logically, he would have seen through Jacob’s rather obvious manipulation. But when emotions are running high, logic usually takes flight. When you are emotional about a situation, it’s best not to make decisions. When you’re seething with anger over what someone has done to you is definitely not the best time to call that person to talk about it. Otherwise, you will say what you’ll regret later.
Esau was hungry. When you’re hungry, everything tastes good. Even NASCO cabin biscuits.
Lesson Two: Don’t let yourself get hungry. Ladies and gentlemen, no I am not talking about food. When you are starved of God’s word and loving presence, you will not have the spiritual strength and capacity to see the traps the devil has laid down for you. When you don’t consistently feed on the word, you’ll be spiritually malnourished; and a malnourished person is a weak person.
When you’re hungry for love because you have not been feeding from the right and only true source of love, you will fall for the cheap replica the devil places before you. That’s why you are quick to jump into bed with the first man that showers you with attention and something that looks like love. Because you are starved of what real love and true affection is.
The word of God is the only true nourishment that provides everything we need spirit, soul and body. Spending time with God will boost your confidence, increase your intellect, and develop a maturity and wisdom that all the self-help books in the world cannot give you.
But when you starve yourself of all these by staying away, you will walk into enemy manipulations without even knowing.
Think about this ( this has happened to me severally, so I can testify to it), when you do not have time for God for a whole week; no private time, no prayers, no worship, no word study… just going about your regular business while been assaulted by secularism and Godless language and sights every day… by the end of the week, you will find yourself responding in quick temper, telling a lie or two, getting into an argument or just doing something that you know you shouldn’t be doing. Temptations become hard to resist.
My dear, you now see why I have to keep reminding myself that I cannot afford to be hungry?
Psalm 42:1-2 (NLT)
As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
2 I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?
Psalm 119: 9-16 (MSG)
How can a young person live a clean life?
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.
Be blessed, God;
train me in your ways of wise living.
I’ll transfer to my lips
all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
I attentively watch how you’ve done it.
I relish everything you’ve told me of life,
I won’t forget a word of it.