MAKE the ‘RIGHT’ CHOICE TODAY: NO USE of REPENTING LATER
January 9 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 25-27
And Esau said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!" And he said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?" Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, "Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?" And Esau said to his father, "Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me--me also, O my father!" And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. (Gen 27:36-38)
Esau was born as the firstborn son of Isaac and Rebekah, and thereby was the natural heir of the blessings that God had bestowed to his grandfather Abraham and father Isaac. He would have naturally inherited double portion of his father’s wealth and property being the firstborn son. He would also have carried on the bloodline to the Messiah. Even Jehovah would have been addressed as the ‘God of Abraham, Isaac and Esau’ if Esau had made the right choices in his life!
Esau’s birthright consisted of his father Isaac’s material estate (Gen. 25:29–34) that he would have received as the firstborn son. However, for some strange reason ‘Esau despised his birthright’ (Gen. 25:34b), and did not hesitate to sell off his invaluable birthright for a bowl of lentil stew. Any sane person would have weighed the cost and would never have committed such a foolish act. However, Esau succumbed to his hunger pangs, and without thinking sold of his inheritance for a mere pittance!
Eventually, Jacob cheated Esau out his father’s blessing as well. This blessing was spiritual in nature, and consisted of the divine promises through the ‘Abrahamic Covenant’. Like the birthright, this blessing normally went to the elder son. Jacob’s blessing included both physical prosperity (Gen. 27:28) and authority over peoples outside the family and over brethren within the clan (v. 29). We read that Esau cried afterwards (v. 34, 38), but could never get back both the birthright and the blessing that he had lost forever. Eventually, Esau disappeared into the pages of history as one person who made the worst decision in his life!
Let us understand that we are free to choose as well. Next to life itself, the power to choose is the greatest gift that God has bestowed upon our lives. Our life is the sum and the result of the choices we make every day. The Bible repeatedly warns us to ‘choose life’ so that we can live (Deut. 30:19b). The "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23) God has gifted us eternal life, if we believe and trust in His Son Jesus Christ! Let us make the right choice today, for there will be no use repenting later!