Genesis 27:30-40: Burning regret.
30 After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31 He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, ‘My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.’ 32 His father Isaac asked him, ‘Who are you?’ ‘I am your son,’ he answered, ‘your firstborn, Esau.’ 33 Isaac trembled violently and said, ‘Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him – and indeed he will be blessed!’ 34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, ‘Bless me – me too, my father!’ 35 But he said, ‘Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.’ 36 Esau said, ‘Isn’t he rightly named Jacob?[a] This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: he took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!’ Then he asked, ‘Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?’ 37 Isaac answered Esau, ‘I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?’ 38 Esau said to his father, ‘Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!’ Then Esau wept aloud. 39 His father Isaac answered him,
‘Your dwelling will be
away from the earth’s richness,
away from the dew of heaven above.
40 You will live by the sword
and you will serve your brother.
But when you grow restless,
you will throw his yoke
from off your neck.’ ” NIV UK
Although Esau declared that his brother took his ‘’birthright’’, it must be observed the truth is larger than that. We know that Esau regarded his birthright so lightly that, effectively, he sold it for a bowl of soup. We regularly play the ‘blame game’; seeking to evade responsibility for our own bad decisions, by pointing the finger at others. In this case, if Esau himself had not made a bad decision, he would have had no cause for searing regret. But as someone said, we make our decisions then our decisions turn around and make us.
PRAYER: Lord help me please, so that I do not treat great things lightly.