Esau’s story in the Bible is a cautionary tale about what not to do! According to Genesis 25:29-34, he lost his birthright over a bowl of stew!
While we might shake our heads at his poor decision, how many of us are making similar trades? I’ll explain what I mean in just a moment.
Esau’s trade was described as proof that he “despised his birthright.”
In Biblical days, the birthright was of great importance. As the firstborn, Esau was entitled to receive a double portion of what his brother received of their father’s inheritance. He would become the leader of family. Great respect and honor were his.
Yet the Bible says that Esau despised this. You might ask, “How could someone hate his blessing?”
I looked up the word ‘despise’ because I thought it only meant “hate.” But in addition to hate, I discovered that “despise” also means “unworthy of consideration or notice.”
At the moment of decision, Esau judged his birthright as unworthy of consideration or notice. So he lost it because he did not properly value it from the beginning!
What do you despise?
Using that last definition, do you despise good health?
I see good health as a wonderful birthright because it is easier to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives when live strong, healthy, and vibrant daily.
Ask yourself, ‘What is my “bowl of stew’ for which I’m trading my health birthright?”
Mine was Pepperidge Farm’s coconut cake! It was my binge food of choice.
What we despise, we tend to lose. However what we value, we tend to keep.
Say this statement out loud, “Thank you Lord for my health. My health is worthy of my notice and consideration.”
A phrase popped into my mind when faced with a strong temptation to trade in my health birthright recently:
“I discipline myself so I can help somebody else.”
I pray that you too will regain and hold on to your health birthright so that you can inspire others to do the same. You can do this through transforming “despise” into “worthy.”
Here are 2 ways you can turn around “What you despise.”
The late motivational speaker Earl Nightingale once defined success as, “The progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
Let’s look at two parts of this statement:
Are your actions and habits leading you to a worthy ideal? Have you properly valued what you do daily?
English churchman and historian Thomas Fuller once said, “He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.”
If you believe in Jesus for example, you will live like it. If you don’t live it, you don’t really believe it. As believers, our goal should be to live out our belief in God every day.
He is worthy! Remind yourself of all the things you value and why often throughout the day so that you won’t forget about them.
You do not let impatience take you off course. Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Your faith is as sure as someone who sets a course to take a trip to the other side of the country. They get in the car and start driving in that direction. They know they are getting closer to it with each passing mile.
Of course if that person stops driving because they decide that the destination is not worthy to them or they keep turning back and have to start the trip over, it will take longer to reach their destination!
Here is what you need to despise and what I’m learning to do: Despise any temptations that take you away from your worthy ideal. In Romans 8:18, the apostle Paul said, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Disciplining yourself in your health choices can be painful in the moment, but I thank God that He gave us a Comforter and Helper to be with us in those moments. He is our closest friend!
Esau’s story is a cautionary tale about what you can lose when you are impatient and sow to the flesh. However, when you are patient and sow into Spiritual things daily, you will reap life and peace, plus hang on to your birthright and enjoy the fullness of its blessings!
Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness
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