«The eye his father, and scorns obedience to his mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out, and the young eagles will eat it» (Proverbs 30:17).
He grew up in the heart of one of the best-established homes of the Bible. His parents are one of the exemplary couples of the Bible. From the time he was a child, his parents constantly showered him with affection; he also witnessed how well they treated each other. Esau displayed extraordinary skills for outdoor living, especially for hunting. Each time he arrived with a catch; his parents were filled with satisfaction at seeing their son develop his abilities.
As if that wasn’t enough, Esau was the eldest son in the family. That meant that he would someday be the leader of his family (including the responsibility of being their spiritual guide). In addition, he would receive a double inheritance and a special blessing from his father. Considering that Isaac was a very rich man, Esau was actually a young man with great chances to succeed. However, this young man didn’t appreciate what he had: not his parents, not his faith, or his family. He even came to disdain his birthright and exchanged it for a plate of lentils: » ‘Look, I am about to die,’ Esau said. ‘What good is the birthright to me?’ » (Genesis 25:32). He was the typical young man who hadn’t had to pay for anything he had, who hadn’t had to suffer to live in comfort, who lived a life of fun and leisure, and emphatically rejected any type of responsibility or commitment.
Someone else, who was next to Esau, yearned for that which he disdained. Esau didn’t even notice when his privileges were snatched from him. He thought that he would accomplish his goals by throwing a tantrum, just like a child. But now that didn’t work. He was already a man, even though he didn’t want to act like one. He was never able to recover what he lost.
Have you ever stopped to think about everything you have? Are you aware of your great privileges? Perhaps you have a home, a school, a church, someone who would give anything to see you smile. Does that seem too little? Do you disdain it? Do you know there are other young people who don’t have your luck and would love to have what you reject? Have you stopped to think that the things you value so little today could disappear any minute?
les time to take on the big responsibilities in your life. It’s time to accept challenges. Thank God for the privilege of making commitments! Don’t run away from them. It’s very likely you won’t have the same chances again.
Ask God today to help you value everything He’s given you.