32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
The story of Esau and Jacob is commonly told in relation to Jacob being cunny and crafty. Jacob had what Esau wanted – food. Esau was hungry and Jacob told him that he would give him food in exchange for his birthright. Now, why is Jacob always blamed for this offer of trade?
Jacob made an offer at this point. Esau could have refused. Why didn’t Esau refuse the offer at the time? Well, there are several reasons. One for sure is greed. Esau loved food. He was always hunting meat for food. He also did not value what God gave him. He was born as the first in a lineage that God declared would be a family that would birth a nation. Surely he had heard that story from his grandfather Abraham and even his father Isaac. But for Esau, being firstborn in this line of greatness was not a big deal to him. He had no idea where God was taking them. He had no idea that they would be the Israel of today – a people of wealth worldwide.
The truth is that a major bottleneck to our victory is that we want short term gains today and do not value what will come tomorrow. Some of us are in positions of prospects, possibiliti3es and opportunities, but we do not see them. We only see our short term needs and have only short term perspectives. May God deliver us from this ignorance in Jesus’ name.
Homework: Pray and ask God to deliver you from this limited vision and greed that only thinks about today and not tomorrow.