First of all don’t you love how every blog this week is about food?
Do you remember in Genesis 25 when Jacob was at home cooking some stew, and his older brother Esau came in from working the fields and he was exhausted. He was worn out, tired, and completely famished. In short he was “hungry.” So he asked his brother for a bowl of lentil soup…doesn’t seem like a huge request. But Jacob saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. So he told his older brother, “Sell me your birthright now.”
Esau was so hungry that he agreed to sell his birthright. Seems crazy right? How could he be so consumed with present circumstances that he totally disregarded future blessings? I would never do that…would I?
Several years ago I had committed to do a seven day fast. It was the first fast that I had ever attempted and I was determined to complete it. I believed for future blessings, and the favor of God in my life. I KNEW God had something incredible for me through the completion of the fast. Day three I was walking through the kitchen and I was HUNGRY. And their sitting on the stove was two slices of cold Totino’s Pizza. It screamed to me, “You know you want me…though I am cold and taste like cardboard…how can you resist.” And I am ashamed to say that just like Esau I disregarded future blessings because of my present circumstance. That cold pizza was my lentil soup. Honestly it tasted amazing…but what did it cost me? I’ll never know.
I believe that God responded to my fasting. I believe that my attempts where noticed and blessed. I believe that it was a step in the right direction. But I knew I fell short of all that God had in store for me. That isn’t going to happen again!
No matter what your present circumstance, don’t ever trade it in for future blessings!