Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 22 - Genesis 25:29-31

Once when Jacob was cooking a stew,
Esau came in from the field, and he was famished.
Esau said to Jacob, "Let me eat
some of that red stuff, for I am famished!"
Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright."
Genesis 25:29-31
This story, in part, is the history of how the line of Abraham and Isaac passed through Jacob (the second born) instead of Esau (the first born).
But let's make it even simpler. Let's call this a story about temptation. Esau was hungry. He was, in other words, vulnerable. When we are hungry, tired, anxious, or worried, we are vulnerable. Very vulnerable.
When we are hungry, tired, anxious, or worried, wisdom doesn't guide us. Values don't guide us. And truth doesn't even guide us -- because when our emotions are controlling us, it is much harder to hear God.
The point?! Don't allow yourself to get too tired, too hungry, or too vulnerable.
Also seek the necessary truth, encouragement, and spiritual protection so that you will not be vulnerable anxiety, worry, and fear.
In Christ's Love,
a guy who's continually discovering
how to balance his life
so he's not too hungry for stew

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