29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[a])31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.34 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.
Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
Craving God: Day 1
Have you ever said “I am really craving some ice cream right now” or “I am really craving some popcorn with butter” or some such statement? I know I have! But what does it really mean to crave something?
The word “crave” means “to feel a powerful desire for something.” Do you really have an overwhelming and powerful desire for that ice cream or popcorn or are you just hungry and maybe a bit bored? I have battled my weight all my adult life and I have come to realize just how powerful the feeling of hunger can be. I wish I could say I always resist the temptation to give into the feeling but I would be lying if I did.
The passage today is an example of how our physical cravings can cloud our judgment. Esau came to his brother Jacob after working in the fields and asked him for some stew. He was famished and he had an overwhelming desire for something to eat. So much so that he gave up his birthright (his inheritance as the firstborn son) for food. He craved nourishment more than what was rightfully his and what would have supported him for the rest of his life. How foolish that seems to us…. to give up something so monumental for a bowl of stew ?!
When I think about my weight loss struggles, I wonder how often I have put my physical hunger before my hunger for God. Have I focused on filling my stomach before filling my soul? Have I allowed Satan to turn what is needed to sustain me into something that I crave and into something that takes my focus away from God? This is what Satan does… he wants us to crave things other than God. He wants our focus on ourselves and not on the Lord. If we allow him to turn our thoughts to our stomachs rather than our soul, victory is his.
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.