“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom)
Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. Esau despised his birthright.” (Genesis 25:29-34 NIV)
Without eating our spiritual food of prayer, worship, scripture reading, etc., we would become spiritually famished and no different from Esau. Only God knows the hasty commitments we would accept, the compromises we would make and the chances we would miss if we neglect to hear His voice, and make decisions from our hungry desires (Proverbs 3:5-6). If we continue to seek Him first, we will become more in tune with God’s wisdom – wisdom that feeds us day after day.
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17 NIV)
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