Then he said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob, for he has supplanted me these two times? He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” But Isaac replied to Esau, “Behold, I have made him your master, and all his relatives I have given to him as servants; and with grain and new wine I have sustained him. Now as for you then, what can I do, my son?” Genesis 27:36-37
Jacob deceived Isaac into giving him the blessing rightfully due his brother Esau. Its sad part of the story, but a seemingly inevitable chapter. Esau despised his birthright (the calling of God and the corresponding responsibilities), but now he would miss out on the blessings too. Though deceitful, Jacob valued something that God considered important, and he received the blessing. This is a story about ‘what really matters?’.
Do I value that which God values? Am I part of His overall plan to save the world? Do I care for only the blessings of God, without the birthright.
God, as we make our way through today, I feel there are many things to accomplish. I can’t do them all. Would you show me what to do, say, and where to be. Then send others to help. Would you bring a blessing and help more be accomplished than I could ever do? I love both the birthright and blessing You have for me.