Living For Today

Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 25,26; Psalm 6; Luke 10

Today’s Key Passage – Genesis 25:19-34


In the days of Jacob and Esau, a birthright was an important thing.  As the firstborn son of Isaac and Rebekah, Esau was due certain rights and privileges.  Esau would have been entitled to receive a double portion of the family’s inheritance.  In addition, Esau would have one day become the leader of the family.  These rights and privileges, the birthright of Esau, could be sold or given away at his discretion, but if that happened, the action was permanent.  Esau would have lost material possessions and his future leadership position in the family if he gave away his birthright.  It almost sounds crazy for anyone to want to give all that away, but as we see in today’s key passage, Esau was living for today.  In that moment, he was hungry.  He had been out all day and came home to find Jacob cooking stew, and wanted to have something to eat.  Jacob took advantage of the situation and tried to blackmail his brother with the stew he had made.  A rational person would never have traded away a birthright for a little bit of stew and some bread, but Esau was not thinking rationally.  He saw something that he wanted, and he was willing to give up everything to get it.  His need for immediate gratification was enough to outweigh any future benefits he would have received with his birthright.

How many times have we all found ourselves in a situation similar to Esau’s?  In the moment, we find ourselves wanting something.  It might be a shiny new item that we see at the store that we just have to buy right now.  It might be that piece of cake on the dessert tray that looks so good.  It might even be a temptation to sin.  When we are faced with these situations where immediate gratification seems to be the only answer, we can easily find ourselves doing something foolish like Esau did with his birthright.  When we live only for today, we can sometimes lose sight of how important tomorrow is in the big picture.  The shiny new toy that you had to have is great until you cannot afford to pay the bills at the end of the month.  The piece of cake tastes great until you remember how many miles you would have to run on the treadmill to burn all of those calories.  The sin may bring temporary pleasure to the flesh, but the resultant guilt and shame will cause you to pull further away from God.  The world tells us to live for today for tomorrow we will die, but living for today can do irreparable damage to ourselves and others when it makes us forget what is truly important.  Our lives here on this earth are not the end game.  This place is just our temporary home.  Our future reward is eternal life with the Father.  When we live for that future instead of just living for today, we can avoid the kind of devastating mistakes that we will later regret.  Pray for God to give you the strength to stop living for today, and pray for Him to give you the courage to live for your tomorrow with Him.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on January 10, 2014, in 01 - Genesis and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I am reminded not to mortgage the future at the expense of today’s pleasure. There is a greater glory and reward ahead,which I must focus on living today. God bless you.

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