Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Looking at Desires with Forever Eyes

Esau is a good lesson for us in the importance of looking with Forever Eyes.
He was consumed with the here and now, with having what he wanted when he wanted it. With his twin brother, Jacob, he grew up and became a skillful hunter and a man of the outdoors. Here is the familiar story of his downfall:
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! I'm famished!"
Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright."
"Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good is the birthright to me?"
But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
Then Jacob gave Esau some break and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
Genesis 25:29-34

Esau sold the eternal for the temporary. He knew the importance of that birthright, but in a moment of hunger, he could see only his temporary need.  Do you sometimes settle for temporary satisfaction at the cost of eternal pleasures?

View Your Needs Through Forever Eyes
Our continual challenge is to see our legitimate needs and desires from God's perspective. When we do, we can endure unmet needs without selling our birthrights. We can look forward to the day when God will supply al of our needs and meet our deepest heart's desires. We can learn to find our desires and needs met in ways we never thought possible, healthy and holy ways.

David was a man after God's own heart, for in spite of his many failings, he understood this truth. He writes:
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.   Psalm 16:11

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