Lessons from the Twin Brothers Jacob and Esau – Part 2
This is a continuation of Julie McElroy’s guest post. The first part is found here. Don’t forget to check out Julie’s information below.
Sometimes it is not so easy to know what God’s plan is for you. God’s signs are not usually bright, neon, flashing lights, but often times more subtle. As we live here in the fallen world, we our tempted quite often, and these temptations confuse us
into giving in. They are powerful and can override our values and morals in times of vulnerability.
So, you go with your gut – the little voice that is telling you the right thing to do. That may just be your “subtle” hint. On the flip side, don’t take advantage of vulnerable, or even naïve people. Don’t try to trick people to get your way, like Jacob did.
Live the life He would want you to. Be kind to others and love. It always goes back to that. Love your family, parents, children, friends, neighbors, and even your enemies.
We live in a society where people want everything NOW, and many people take advantage of that desire, like Jacob. Think of the marketing and ads that are out there!
“Quick, quick, get it now!”
This doesn’t mean to be lazy and indecisive all the time. Sometimes you have to make quick decisions and take advantage of opportunities when they are the right ones. Life is short. Don’t live a life in fear either or question EVERYTHING. We are here to enjoy life and God will guide you.
Simple: Do the right thing and love one another.
I think the bottom line is to not be blinded by greed or selfishness or instant, unhealthy desires. Jacob knew his brother was hungry, so he took advantage of him because he was greedy and selfish! He did not love his brother in the way we are supposed to love. If he did, he would not have tricked him TWICE!
Esau should have been strong and not given in to Jacob’s manipulation. He should stand on his moral ground and resist temptations. Esau gave into temptation because he was weak. But, we all have weak moments – every single one of us. We are human. We are not Jesus. The devil will try and prey on our weakness. We have to stand strong and be patient. Patience is good. But, love is better. Love IS patient and kind and is not self-seeking (1 Cor 13:4-7).
While there are multiple lessons in the story of these twins, the bigger lesson is we should love our brothers and sisters as God loves us. We should do the right thing. Even when it is hard to do. No, especially when it is hard to do.
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