Are You A Jacob or An Esau
If you have lived long enough for God you most likely would have experienced what it was like to give away your birthright as Esau did for a breakfast or being like Jacob, selfish and deceitful not having enough love to give his own brother something to eat without wanting something in return. No, not just a “you owe me one” but the promise of Esau’s birthright, the blessing Esau was to automatically receive from his father for being the first-born.
Maybe you have even experienced both. I know I have. I have not always acted in love when there was a need even in my own family, wanting something in return, not always giving because it’s the right thing to do but sometimes having an ulterior motive. I have also given up my birthright, that special calling or gift that God’s gives to each of us by wanting to pursue “other” more enticing things the world had to offer. Giving up my god given birthright to experience the ways of the world.
The good thing is this, we live in a period of grace. God forgives, he forgets and our mistakes are erased, forever. But the way back can be long, hard and relentless. We all have to pay the price for our decisions and actions. In this world if you break the laws of man,you pay the price if you get caught. You can also pay the price by knowing deep down within your heart that God has by his own laws that he can hold back his blessings until things are made right.
When Jacob was encouraged by his mother Rebecca to run away from home and hide and take up refuge with his mother’s brother Laban. It was on the back of taking what Jacob thought was owed to him when Esau gave up his birthright.
He knew Esau would be furious as Esau went to his father for the blessing of being the first-born. Isaac asked Esau to kill and prepare his favorite meal of venison. You know the story.
Rebecca and Jacob deceived Isaac in to believing that Jacob was Esau and got the blessing of the first-born. Jacob then fled for his life and for 21 years became the virtual slave to a more deceitful man than himself.
At the same time as Esau lost the blessing of the first-born which he gave away so easily not respecting its place he also went his way. They both learned and became rich in their own ways eventually coming together, forgetting the past and making things right with each other and effectively God.
If we have been an Esau or a Jacob you can bet your life on it that God will get his due out of us. It may take much longer than you would like but if you stick with it and learn and grow in the way that is needed you too will be blessed beyond what we deserve.
I know I am on the long road back and as I have stuck it out by faith only having the promises of God to keep me going (and a loving and understanding wife) God has started to open the windows of heaven and pour out blessing more than I deserve or prayed for.
There is a light at the end of each tunnel.