Gen.27:36 “Esau exclaimed, “No wonder his name is Jacob, for now he has cheated me twice. First he took my rights as the firstborn, and now he has stolen my blessing. Oh, haven’t you saved even one blessing for me?” [emphasis added].
Really, who is the thief here? Gen.25:29 “One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. 30 Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” …31 “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.” 32 “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?” 33 But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn” [emphasis added]. There are promises that God has given you that are not for now. Every compromise is for now but God’s promise is for then. When you sleep with the person you are not supposed to sleep with, when you take what you are not supposed to take, it is for now. But the promise is for then.
The Bible says Esau was hungry but Esau said he was dying. Hunger is not death! There are times you will need to fast [Mark 9:29]. In seasons of fasting, it is amazing how creative people get just to avoid fasting. The reasons why your body reacts differently and you feel sick when you fast are that you are hungry. You are not going to die. When you feel that way particularly, you are actually at the verge of breaking though. Hang in there and it will pass.
Look at it this way; Esau had been given the rights and papers to a car that was still being manufactured. Then Esau sold his rights to Jacob for beans. When the car finally came out of manufacturing, Esau shows up to collect the car. Who is the thief? The transaction between Esau and Jacob was a negotiation not cheating. You value beans and not the birthright. I value the birthright and I have plenty of beans; give me the birthright and I will give you beans. Then Esau shows up to collect what is not his own, what he traded? May your life not be like Esau. The things that will cause you to choose instant gratification over your eternal destiny, may God take it out of your life in Jesus Name.
Prayer: Father, please give me the capacity to hold on to my birthright and to see it come to pass, in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen!