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Make decisions with your future in mind.


Once, when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! Iʼm famished!” Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright. Esau said, “Look, I am about to die. What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So Esau swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright. – Genesis 25:29-34


Weʼve all done it. Weʼve all made one of those rash, impulsive decisions that leads us down the wrong path. Maybe it was the desire to win an argument at any cost, or a relationship gone wrong, or to buy what seemed like the perfect outfit. Whatever that situation was for you youʼve undoubtedly immediately begun to regret that decision. In this series we want to look at the clearest example of forgetting the big picture and making a poor, rash decision in the Bible. In Genesis 25 Esau, the older brother, sells his birth right for a bowl of stew. He missed out on being a key figure of God’s redemption for all of humanity, for a bowl of “red stew.” Why? Because for just a minute he took his eye off his future and only focused on the immediate. We make these sort of poor decisions daily. We forget about permanent records, broken hearts, or bad reputations and blindly make choices based solely on momentary desires.

Discussion questions

  1. Would you say that you make impulsive decisions or well-thought-out ones? Give an example of each.
  2. If Esau had been thinking about his future, what decision do you think he would have made?
  3. What does your ideal future look like, how do your present decisions affect your future?


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