THEME :LIVING FOR THE MOMENT
The Character ESAU in Genesis
- A person filled with choices;
he must have regret bitterly.
-appears as a person who found it hard to consider consequences,reacting to the need of the moment without realizing what he was giving up to meet that need.
-Trading his birthright for a bowl of stew was the clearest example of this weakness .
Sometimes; in real life , we may be like Esau . We are sometime willingly to trade for things we want !Sometimes we find yourself at time willingly to negotiate anything for what we feel we need now . Do your family , spouse , integrity .body or soul get included in this deal Do you sometimes feel that important parts of your life has escaped while you were grabbing something else ?
If so , your initial response , like Esau 's , may be deep anger . In itself ,that isn't wrong , as long as you direct the energy of that anger towards a solution and not toward yourself or other as the case of the problem .you're greatest need is to find a focal pt other than what I need now . The only focal pt is God . A relationship with God will not give only an until are purpose or your life ;It will also be a daily guideline for living .
In this story , we see clearly that Esau trade his birthright . It show that he had no regard for his birthright . He traded the lasting benefits of his birthright for the immediate pleasure of food .
Esau had also exaggerated his hunger ," I am about to die ," he said . This thought made his choice more easier because if he was starving ,what good was inheritance ? The pressure of the moment distorted his perspective and made his decision seem urgent .
Bible application in life :
We seen clearly at that he had acted impulsive , satisfying his immediate desire without pausing to think to consider the long range consequences . of what he is about to do .
Sometimes , we fall into the trap . When we see something we want, our impulse is to get it . At first we feel intensely satisfied and sometime we feel powerful .because we have obtained what we get . But immediate pleasure often lose sight of the future . We can avoid the short term satisfaction with its long range consequences before we act .
Warning for those in relationship :We often faced with thinking the urgency of our problems or we must be get it . For example , when we feel sexual pressure, a marriage vow seem unimportant . Sometimes we may feel nothing else seem to matter and we lose our perspective. Getting through that short pressure filled moment is often most difficultly of overcoming a temptation.
You may have a bad fight with your spouse . Sometimes you want to win in situation or feel like bossy over the situation , therefore you tend to use hurtful words causing the other party or you just run away ! And you may feel you win the fight , that in the end , it brought much more insecurity and hurts in the relationship!
- Your Friends are scolding you ,"Chicken , Y dun you join us and party night ? " You know there were be drinking and drugs and prostitute . But you dun want to lose out . So to conform to external pressure and temptation , you agree . And learn later that you had some sexual disease and in the end you hurt your loved ones .
Those who are not in relationship :Or sometimes you may want to be a fit in the mould of the society culture, as you see your college classmates are all dating weekdays. And you seem to be alone , and therefore , you date any person who came by your chance without considering at all .
A High school student who refused to turn down any single opportunity to shop or date or party even when exams are coming or a paper is due . And it showed in the grades . Expelled from high school .As a result , she sacrificed a valued long term goal for a short term pleasure of a good time .
Desiring moral purity is 1 thing , developing a strategy to achieve
it is quite another . It take both to achieve a goal
The Sheepbar line is taken from VR-Mall
Thanks to Yael (Billy) Biran !