Genesis 25:19-34; 26

Genesis 25:31

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“Jacob said, ‘Sell me your birthright now.’ Esau said, ‘I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?'”

Though Esau knows of God’s covenant with Abraham to bless the family line, he focuses on his more immediate needs.

We can lose sight of long-term goals to satisfy short-term needs. Esau knew God’s blessing was on the family line-which transferred to him as the eldest-but he dismissed the promise for a bowl of soup. It sounds ridiculous, but we do that too. We know that God promises us joy in a covenant marriage, but we are prey to fleshly desires. We know that He promises we will find Him if we seek Him, but we get lazy and turn to social media for distraction instead.

Lord, give me perspective and patience to hold out for Your promises. They are so much greater than the whims my flesh desires. Only You satisfy.

What grabbed your attention in today’s reading? Can you relate with Esau, or more with Jacob? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Next Week’s Reading Schedule:

1/30: Genesis 27-28

1/31: Genesis29-30:24

2/1: Genesis 31-32

2/2: Genesis 33 & 35

2/3: Genesis 37

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