Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda!
Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die;
so of what use then is the birthright to me?”
Esau was born before his brother Jacob. Esau should have been the spiritual and political leader of the family. He could have inherited most of the family wealth. He would have inherited the blessing from God through his father, Isaac. He traded the promises of God for small piece of life now.
Shoulda, woulda, coulda!
Esau lost every good thing that he should have had because he did not value what God valued. He had no patience to wait on God for the good things that God would give him. He valued only what life could give him at that moment. He did not value eternal wealth.
How much are you like Esau? The New Testament uses Esau as an example of a believer who lives his life for the here and now and not for eternity. God gives believers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to serve Him, but many of us want to live a little more for self before we begin to serve the Lord. We forfeit opportunity after opportunity until our short life slips through our fingers. Then life is gone, and like Esau, we cry buckets of tears for the lost opportunities and rewards–opportunities that all eternity will not offer again.
God, help me to value what You value. Open my darkened eyes to see the works that You have prepared beforehand that I should walk in them. Give me patience to wait on Your return, Your resurrection and Your reward and refuse the rewards of earth.