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.