What would you pay for a bowl of soup?
It’s the great exchange. Business deal gone wrong. Who would hire him after such a catastrophic blunder? He was on his way to the top and then he settled, giving in to his cravings. He knew better, a Field & Stream type of guy who understood strategy; he lived and breathed patience. He should have calculated the cost.
But, he didn’t.
What was he thinking or was he thinking at all?
An estate for a bowl, a moment of weakness left a desperate man wrestling with his soul.
“‘Once when Jacob was cooking some stew (soup), Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” 31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” 33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew (soup). He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.”‘ –Genesis 25: 29-34
And in that impulsive decision, Esau lost sight of his goals. Instead of envisioning his life backwards, he lived for the moment; he never once considered the consequences of his selfishness until later in life.
It wasn’t fair for Esau, but he made the choice;
from the grave, we hear his voice– “Soup! It was just soup!”
From our perspective, it is easy to scoff at such a ridiculous decision. A bowl of soup, a large estate….. how could he not wait? But,…..
aren’t we compromising the same?
Even today, Americans are still selling their legacy for a bowl of soup!
We work more to have more…… stuff—
we pack it up, we stack it up, but we never give it up.
We buy titles with family time, pleasure with purpose, beauty with dignity, worldly wisdom with faith.
The life we know is a perpetual rat race that leaves us exhausted, famished and returning to our chef, “Would you like more soup?”
Dear friend, how about you and I skip on the appetizer and claim the entrée that only Christ can give? Let’s make sure our priorities are leading us to where God wants to sustain us.