Nov 10th, 2021
War: The Battle for Simplicity
By: Nathan Head
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Genesis 25:32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” (NIV)

I am never more hungry than after a long day at the beach. A perfect day at the beach for me consists of setting up our family’s “spot,” a place with blankets, chairs, a large umbrella, and a cooler. From there, we spend time in the water, snacking, playing  frisbee, relaxing to music, and ideally I enjoy some (competitive) beach volleyball. Top it off with a nice long walk with my wife, and I’m happy and HUNGRY!

As we discussed yesterday, Esau came in from hunting one day and was so hungry he could hardly stand it. The NIV says Esau was a “man of the open country.” We have no idea how long Esau was out in the field, but he came back famished. When Esau finally returned Jacob just happened to be cooking something delicious. At this point, all Esau could think about was filling his empty belly. Esau did an audible cost-to-benefit analysis and foolishly traded his birthright for a bowl of stew. This birthright was a sizable inheritance worth more than thousands of bowls of stew. Esau’s impulsivity cost him dearly.

In the apostle Paul’s Biblical teaching on the Holy Spirit, he lists “self-control” as one of the greatest attributes we acquire from Him. Esau let strong hunger drive him to make a stupid decision. Yesterday we talked about the H.A.L.T. acronym. Had Esau “halted,” he’d have likely kept his birthright and been able to honor the familial role originally designated for him, avoiding a source of bitterness for years to come.

We’ve considered this week when we are at our most vulnerable. Reflect on your last three big decisions. What state of mind were you in? Did you let the Holy Spirit lead?

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