My heart was desperate for love. Even as a Christian, I had a need I thought could only be satisfied by the love of a man. It was a hunger in me that had never been sated and I almost gave everything away to get it. I hadn’t thought about my relationship with God and all that He had given me through His Son. Instead, all I could think about was what I didn’t have and how I had to get it for myself.
Jacob, Isaac’s younger son, was desperate for Esau’s birthright. As the eldest son, Esau was entitled with twice the inheritance Jacob would have received from their father. When Esau returned from a day of hunting, he was ravenous for food and thought he’d die if he didn’t eat. Jacob shrewdly used his brother’s hunger against him and made a deal that reversed their fortunes. Jacob, whose name means “supplanter (takes the place of another through force, scheming or strategy),” makes a deal with his brother, sealed by a vow that in return for bread and a bowl of lentil stew, Esau would give up his birthright.
There are many of us who are hungry for something. In Esau’s case it was food for his stomach, but for others, it can be an emotional need for man’s approval, admiration, or love. We can make a foolish decision based on desperation only to regret it later. We can be deceived into thinking our immediate need is greater than our eternal reward.
Jesus’s death on the Cross gave us a firstborn inheritance that promises we’ll be co-heirs in His Kingdom. We can’t ignore that we have an enemy in our midst who is constantly trying to deceive us into selling this inheritance. He is always trying to see what is it worth. Would we sell our godly birthright for the love of a man who would take our eyes off the Lord? Would we give it away for the promise of fame and wealth?
If we’re not careful and discerning, we can forfeit our inheritance for a temporary pleasure. A filled stomach will become hungry once again. A need that is not satisfied in Christ will continue being filled only to be empty again.