Today you should read: Genesis 25:19-34
At Catalyst this past year, Andy Stanley said, “appetites are never satisfied.”
Think about it…was there ever a time you ate and you weren’t hungry again? I know for me within the hour I’m asking my wife, Sara, “when are we eating next?” There is only one word in our vocabulary when it comes to our appetites – more!
So, the first question I have to ask is, “what do you have an appetite for and how many times are you asking for more? We have an appetite for money, education, material things, progress, greater responsibility, respect, growth, fame, achievement, sex, and the list goes on and on.
Well, what does this have to do with Jacob and Esau?
Has it ever crossed your mind that all throughout scripture the Bible reads, “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?” If Esau had not sold his birthright do you realize that all throughout scripture the Bible would read, “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau?” Think about what Esau forfeited…he forfeited being the heir in Abraham’s godly line that would bring forth the nations.
It was a MEASLEY cup of stew! I mean c’mon now, if it were Fort Knox, a private island in Fiji, or an MLB contract with a hundred million dollar signing bonus maybe – but a cup of stew? What was Esau thinking?
Now, before we jump the gun and give Esau all sorts of criticism and ridicule I want to explain two concepts I learned at Catalyst this past year.
1) Impact Bias: This is an appetite that is actually normal, but because your brain tells you otherwise it magnifies your desire to be filled. In reality your appetite is a 2, but your brain tells you it is an 8.
2) Focalism: This is when your brain focuses on one thing and blurs everything else based upon your desire for that “one” thing.
V. 31 – Who would throw away everything God had promised them for a bowl of stew? His appetite ruled his mind.
V. 32 – Impact bias kicked in and the result was focalism. Esau was so overtaken by his present appetite that he was willing to trade anything for it.
V. 33 – Esau gave the lineage away over a bowl of stew. (He forfeited his birthright – a double portion of everything Abraham owned as well as being in the line of God’s chosen people).
V. 34 – Esau despised his birthright.
So what are the lessons we learn about appetites?
1) God created appetites, but sin destroyed / distorted them
2) Appetites are never fully satisfied
-As a result there is always a desire for more
3) Appetites always “whisper” NOW and never LATER
-It is important to manage our appetites
-If we constantly give into every appetite we have we will LOSE it all
Questions to consider:
1) What if Esau had someone in his life to re-frame “in the moment” what he was about to forfeit?
+Who do you have in your life that is helping you re-frame and get biblical perspective? This is the purpose of discipleship…Are you in discipleship? If not, why not? Is it pride, fear, or rebellion against someone sharpening you?
2) What is your stew? What are you trading for the blessing of God?
+Randy Alcorn says, “anything that is taking place of God is a God-substitute and it is idolatry!”
3) Is there anything in your life that you are craving more than God? If so, why? And how will you set proper priorities?
My encouragement for you today is this, let the Gospel of Jesus Christ stir up within you an appetite to KNOW Christ and make Him KNOWN – and to only be SATISFIED in Him!
Good quotes from Andy Stanley:
“What is true of Esau is true of you! You have no idea what God wants to do through you – You must Re-Frame and Re-Frain – so that you do not give up what God desires for you.”
“Do not trade your future for a bowl of stew – what is your stew?”
Posted by: Zach Monroe