Have you ever wanted something so bad you would have given up almost anything….. just to get it?
Have you ever been so hungry you thought you would die if you didn’t get something to eat Right Now?
It is amazing how strong feelings… and thoughts can be! They can….and have… and will …. make us say or do… things we later regret.
In Genesis 25: 19-34 We find the story of Jacob and Esau.
19-20 This is the family tree of Isaac son of Abraham: Abraham had Isaac. Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan Aram. She was the sister of Laban the Aramean. 21-23 Isaac prayed hard to God for his wife because she was barren. Godanswered his prayer and Rebekah became pregnant. But the children tumbled and kicked inside her so much that she said, “If this is the way it’s going to be, why go on living?” She went to God to find out what was going on. God told her,
Two nations are in your womb, two peoples butting heads while still in your body. One people will overpower the other, and the older will serve the younger.
24-26 When her time to give birth came, sure enough, there were twins in her womb. The first came out reddish, as if snugly wrapped in a hairy blanket; they named him Esau (Hairy). His brother followed, his fist clutched tight to Esau’s heel; they named him Jacob (Heel). Isaac was sixty years old when they were born.
27-28 The boys grew up. Esau became an expert hunter, an outdoorsman. Jacob was a quiet man preferring life indoors among the tents. Isaac loved Esau because he loved his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29-30 One day Jacob was cooking a stew. Esau came in from the field, starved. Esau said to Jacob, “Give me some of that red stew—I’m starved!” That’s how he came to be called Edom (Red). 31 Jacob said, “Make me a trade: my stew for your rights as the firstborn.” 32 Esau said, “I’m starving! What good is a birthright if I’m dead?” 33-34 Jacob said, “First, swear to me.” And he did it. On oath Esau traded away his rights as the firstborn. Jacob gave him bread and the stew of lentils. He ate and drank, got up and left. That’s how Esau shrugged off his rights as the firstborn.
The last few months I have used this story out of the Bible numerous times while talking to my clients concerning their weight loss journey and also when Ministering to people who are struggling with life. Many times …like Esau.. have we sold our victories …. our blessings…. our future….. for ONE bowl of soup?
For one thing…..when we are on a diet and begin to get hungry…. or feel like we are missing out on something everyone else is enjoying….. we will try to convince our selves that this diet isn’t working… we just cant do it because all we want is that piece of Pizza… or that Cheesecake….or that Blizzard….NOW! We hear that voice so loud and clear in our heads….. I’ll NEVER get to have that again….I won’t be able to live … if I don’t have it RIGHT NOW…. what good will it do for me to be thin if I am ….DEAD? That voice is loud… and very convincing when it gets hooked up with our body and our mind!
Now we are faced with a decision…. do I throw away all that I have worked so hard for up to this point…. all the goals I have set for myself …. all the promises I have made for me and maybe my family…. for ONE….Piece of Pizza….. ONE …. Piece of Cheesecake…. .ONE…. Blizzard…… ONE…… “bowl of soup”?!?!?
Concerning Sin….our mind yells at us over and over of all the things we are missing out on….Things like…
“look at you…. sitting here all by yourself while everyone else is out … they are having so much fun… drinking… partying… and here you sit… all alone… being a goody-two-shoes! You’re only young once…..Everybody else is doing it…….What is ONE drink going to hurt? ONE night of partying? ONE…. one night stand?
Now……I am guessing… but… I imagine it may have taken Esau 5…. maybe 10 minutes at the most …to finish that bowl of soup! If he was as hungry as the text portrays he was…. so hungry he thought he was about to die….I doubt he even was able to taste the soup as he was eating it….or more like inhaling it!
What did Esau have …. AFTER… that ONE bowl of soup was gone?
What did Esau lose by doing this?
I found this excerpt from http://www.housetohouse.com/BibleQuestions.aspx?Letter=all&Question=4244
“Since Esau was the firstborn son, he was entitled to receive the birthright. The birthright was two-fold. First, it included a double portion of the inheritance from the father. Second, it included a special ceremonial blessing from the father. The birthright was the natural privilege of the firstborn son. Receiving the birthright, the firstborn would become the head of the family, and would have charge of the family, including the family property. He would be responsible for the welfare of the younger sons, the widow, and any unmarried daughters. He would exercise considerable authority over the other members of the family. The blessing that he received would also place him in a special covenant relationship with the Lord. During the Patriarchal period when Jacob and Esau lived, God dealt directly with the heads of the families. The Hebrews counted the blessing given by the father to be very important, and considered it an oral contract, which was just as binding as a written contract.”
How long do you think it took for him to realize what that ONE Bowl of soup cost him?
I doubt it took very long at all. Just a few seconds after the spoon rested in the bowl…. that feeling of instant satisfaction ….. faded… with quite possibly the voice of his brother saying….. remember… you promised! Now…he has no more soup…. and no more Birthright…. and… he is still very much alive! The reality of what he traded….. for ONE bowl of soup…. ONE instant of gratification….had to have hit him hard!!! NOW …..he can see clearly. He can rationalize and think things through…..He knows there was no way he could have been so hungry that without something to eat at that very instant….would he have died! More than likely… waiting …just a little while longer….he could have found a piece of fruit to munch on…..or a piece of bread…. or more than likely… supper would have been on the table for everyone to eat… just like every other day!
What about us? What voices do we listen to when we are in the heat of the moment? Do those voices tempt us to give in to the here and now.. not analyzing the outcome of our actions? Do we throw in the towel too soon….. sell out…..settling …. for something we can just “live with”……when believing God for our breakthrough…. our healing…..our Birthright? If you have ever done just that…. and we all have at one point in time…. we know that sinking feeling in our hearts…. that feeling of condemnation that runs all through our body! I don’t know about you…. but I hate that feeling!!!
How do we get past that…. moment!
The Bible Says In James 4:7 (amp)
So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.
Once we recognize that it is an attack to … steal …. kill…. or destroy (John 10:10) …..We need to resist those thoughts! Resisting …. doesn’t just mean we have to stand there and endure…
Jesus fought off the temptations from Satan by quoting the Word back to him. Remind that devil who you are… and what you have….and what you are going to have!
When he tempts you with that ONE bowl of soup… telling you you have to have it…. NOW…. Declare to him that by saying no…. you will gain …
Blessings from God
A clear conscience
The breakthrough we have been believing for
Don’t Sell out…. Don’t Settle…. Stop and think about it…WOW … what ever it is that you are about to get…. has to be pretty good…. if that devil is trying so hard to try to get you to sell out for….
ONE bowl of soup!!!