There is a common and excellent teaching in many circles today called H.A.L.T. It’s true that we should “halt” when we are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. I’d be hard-pressed to think of a sin I’ve committed when one of those states of being wasn’t in play. I mentioned yesterday that our task this week is to, “Consider simplicity in contrast to complexity brought on by impulsivity.” Impulsivity’s breeding grounds are these collective states of being.
The Old Testament shares the story of twin brothers, Jacob and Esau. These brothers illustrate sibling rivalry. Esau was born first; he was an outdoorsman, manly, rugged, and hairy. He had a strong connection with his dad. Jacob was born second and was more an indoors man who loved to cook, and Jacob was cunning. He had a strong connection to his mother. Their differences didn’t mean they had to despise one another, but they did nonetheless.
The scene from the end of Genesis 25 shows us that Esau was in a vulnerable state. He had been out in the field hunting and was now HUNGRY! One thing you should never do when you are hungry is going to the grocery store to shop. Another thing you should never do when you are hungry is to bargain over your financial future with your greedy brother.
This story wouldn’t likely be in the Bible if Jacob had seen this situation as an opportunity to serve his older brother. He could have chosen to feed him as a way to bless and honor him, but he didn’t. We’ll talk more about that tomorrow. As for today, let’s consider our propensity to be vulnerable and risk making impulsive decisions.
Which state of being are you most vulnerable in? Is it being hungry, angry, lonely, tired, or something else entirely? Now learn from your observation.