Live life for the moment! Seize the now! You don’t know what tomorrow will bring so enjoy today! These are all mantras that we hear in society today everywhere we turn. But when you live life for the moment, you miss out on the blessing God has in store for you! We have watched while Gods blessing for Abraham took the first 100 years of his life just to produce the one offspring to set the wheels in motion. While the world says “take it now”, God says, “rest”, “wait on me”, “trust in my timing”, “know that I know what is best”.
Esau was the first born of Isaac and Rebecca and by all rights should have inherited the birthright and all that went with it. But in his haste he lost is all. He lost his birthright for the famous bowl of lentil stew (I hope it was good), and he didn’t follow the way of the Lord for his people but instead married outside of his clan. Verses 34-35 of chapter 26 in Genesis tell us that Esau took “Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite to be his wife and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebecca.”
Why was that? I can only surmise that it was because they were not of the same faith but of the Hittite faith which was polytheistic and had many thousands of gods. I bet that caused a tad bit of tension.
This is a warning on so many levels. Can we wait on God? Can we trust him and his plan for us? Or are we we willing to
1) Throw it all away for instant gratification and
2) Become unequally yoked leading to a compromised life?
These children’s song words were never so true: “Trust and obey, For there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.”