The Grinch Who Stole My Blessing

Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.

(Hebrews 12:16-17 MSG)

When Jacob got the blessing of the firstborn, his older twin brother, Esau, was outraged. But a careful reading of the Genesis account reveals that Esau had despised his birthright by valuing food for his stomach more highly than his birthright. The birthright inevitably led to the blessing, since both involved the inheritance of the firstborn. So Jacob wasn’t the Grinch who stole Esau’s blessing; Esau gave it away without even realizing it.

“Watch out for the Esau syndrome,” the author of Hebrews warns us in today’s passage, “trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite.” Sadly, there are Christians today who still lose the blessing God has reserved for them over ‘a short-term appetite.’ So when others are blessed, they get upset, but as was the case with Esau, “by then it was too late, tears or no tears.”

Don’t allow your short-term appetite to rob you of God’s blessing.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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