The Esau Syndrome

Scripture is full of life’s lessons from various characters. Each of these characters has a bearing in this current world one way or the other. We are admonished to emulate from the personalities who lived faithfully for God. We can do this by learning from their mistakes to avoid repeating them.

Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. The eldest son, Esau, did something that cost him a lifetime blessing. God desires only the best for His children, so He warns us about the “Esau syndrome” which can only bring us second best. When we fall into this syndrome we are likely to despise our birthright (potentials, plans, purposes, visions, dreams and godly values) God has placed in us and settle for something less of God’s best.

A lack of appreciation for God’s principles and ways as revealed in His word will always draw us to think of and opt for instant gratification, what we will get for the here and now, not the future. It will nurture in us the tendency to reason and talk like Esau:

“…Behold, I am at the point of death: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?… thus Esau despised his birthright ” (Gen 25:32,34).

This kind of reasoning is selfish and faithless. Though this seems so pathetic, many are still walking the same mindset of Esau. This syndrome reveals short- sightedness or a lack of vision. Those who reason Esau’s way do not have the future in mind, and because they trivialize every opportunity to be responsible, are not able to endure their present situation or challenges. They easily give in or give up to challenges, making choices which would be of no benefit and yield nothing worthwhile at the long run. Are we in any way despising our “birthright” as Christians?

We are God’s cherished people, God has given us so much grace to enjoy life. Let us not treat God’s purposes lightly or trade them for anything less in life. We must avoid and subdue the temptation for all short term appetites and cherish God’s lifelong benefits for our lives and for generations after us. God has loaded into us greatness, visions, dreams, abilities, and many more; refuse to abandon or trade them for anything else. We are to cherish them and work them out with all wisdom, diligence, and patience . Forecast the impact of your decision making in the future whether it is worth it. Avoid short term appetites. Reach out for a lasting impact. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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