WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
“that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.
For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.”
Hebrews 12:16-17 ESV
STAYING ON YOUR FEET: DON’T SETTLE
A story is told of a man who loved old books. He met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.” “Not Gutenberg!” the book lover exclaimed in horror. “That Bible was one of the first books ever printed. A copy just sold for over two million dollars!” His friend was unimpressed. “Mine wouldn’t have brought a dollar. Some fellow named Martin Luther had scribbled all over it in German.”
This fictitious story shows how a person can treat as worthless that which is valuable. That’s what Esau did. Although he was a nice enough fellow, Esau was a “profane” man because he sold his spiritual birthright “for a single meal” (Hebrews 12:16). Only when it was too late to undo his wretched bargain did he realize that he had sacrificed the permanent on the altar of the immediate. (Haddon W. Robinson)
If we are going to run with endurance the race of faith we shouldn’t settle for less than God’s best. There will be lots of distractions, shortcuts and counterfeits along the way. Society will often tempt us with immediate satisfaction and the temporal to get us to walk away from our faith. Ask God to help you know the difference between what has lasting value and to show you what areas of your life you may be settling for less than His best.