Don’t Miss It
Ps.51:1 “Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins… 4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight… 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”
The fifth Marah I have been asked to speak to is The Marah of missed opportunities. There are certain positions that you know that you cannot attain in your strength. There are certain positions you know that even if an election was conducted within your family, it would not be in your favour. Positions that only God could have put you there, but you messed it up. I pray that in His mercy, God will turn it around for you in Jesus Name. What exactly did Esau do to become the first-born son of Isaac? Nothing, in fact he came out grasping unto Esau’s heel because he wanted to be the first born, even from the womb. But God still ensured that Esau broke through and emerged as the first born. However, sometimes being favoured can be a challenge. One of the challenges of being heavily favoured is that you take it for granted.
Esau took it for granted and he paid dearly for it. He disdained what he had, so he sold the birthright to Jacob. Sadly, there are people who are heavily anointed and favoured, but they are trading it away for worldly pleasures. Esau valued the plate of stew over his birthright. Esau said, “Let me enjoy myself first, we can talk about the importance of the birthright later” [paraphrased]. Esau did not realize that, at that moment of pleasure when he willfully sold his birthright to Jacob, was when he lost his rights to the blessing. I know lot of people are of the opinion that Jacob stole the birthright. Did Jacob steal the birthright? He did not; that is not stealing, it is a transaction. Jacob did not steal it, he valued it. Esau did not value it. You can say Jacob bought it for next to nothing, but the truth is that Jacob paid for it. Once you have paid for something, it is yours.
When the blessing was about to be given, Esau went and prepared venison at the instruction of his father. Esau wanted to collect the blessing of the birthright he had sold perhaps even decades ago. Who was the thief? Esau was the thief and because God will be just, Jacob got it. His mother tipped him off, strengthened his heart, prepared the food for him and he got the birthright that rightfully belonged to him. I know this is not the conventional school of thought. The way with blessing is, once it is gone, it is gone. Gen.27:34 “When Esau heard his father’s words, he let out a loud and bitter cry. “Oh my father, what about me? Bless me, too!” he begged.” This is the Marah of missed opportunity. This was the bitter cry Esau should have let out years ago. Never ever disdain the anointing or favour on your life. Be mindful of where God has put you.
Prayer: Father, have mercy on me according to the measure of Your loving-kindness. Cleanse my heart and make it loyal to You. Let it please You to restore me, in Jesus Name. Amen!