Trading the Future for the Now
Scripture: Genesis 25:27-28:5
After this reading, a question keeps rattling around in my mind. I wonder if you might have asked yourself the same question. What am I willing to "sell/sacrifice" for the fullness of my Father’s blessings?
There have been times, like Esau, when I willingly gave up the glory of God's favor and blessing for the splendor of the temporary. At the time, whatever was so appealing seemed incredibly urgent. Looking back I was foolish, just like Esau.
I honestly don't think Esau realized what his words meant. He was acting in the moment - in desperation. Perhaps he thought his words could be revoked and actions reversed, but that wasn’t possible. His desperation determined his future, a future without the blessings due to him as the first born son. His desperation led to regret. Did you hear his voice as he begged his father for a blessing?
Esau pleaded, “But do you have only one blessing? Oh my father, bless me, too!” Then Esau broke down and wept.
It was at this moment Esau faced the impact of his decision. He realized the consequences of his words and actions and he could not take them back.
Oh, there are so many things I wish I could take back, so many “future for now” trades. I can't get them back. I am, however, eternally grateful that I have a Father who can and does restore all I traded for temporary pleasures.
We aren’t alone. The Bible is full of people who made “future for now” trades. The prophet Joel encourages us with the hope of restoration. He tells us that the Lord will restore what we give up (2:25) when we return to Him with all our heart (2:12-13). This isn’t a promise of monetary reimbursement or material replacement. When we return, He returns. He returns the fullness of His blessing and favor. He returns the guidance and protection of His watchful and loving care. How is that for hope?
Esau certainly needed that hope.