Esau, Jacob, and the question of predestination

Did Esau sell his birthright because God had willed it, or did God just reveal what He knew Esau was going to do?

We know that God has given us the power to choose, but we also know that God is all-knowing.

He knows our end from the beginning.

The only time we’ve been entrusted with — the only time we have under our control is now.

What would you do now?

God knows.

Over the course what would you do?

God knows, even before you were born.

God knew Esau’s future even before he was born.

God knew the choices he would make.

God knew the day would come when he would despise his birthright — and God knew the consequence of that choice.

God does not will for us to despise His blessings.

It is not His will for us to lose the gifts He wants to enrich our lives with.

But we could get in His way with the choices we make.

Does God have a plan for your life? Yes.

Is it a good one? Yes.

Do you trust Him enough to choose to honour Him with your choices?

Or, like Esau, do you trivialize weighty matters? — Esau looked up to heaven and swore to the sovereign God that he had given up his birthright to his younger brother, Jacob. And for what? A bowl of stew!

When the time comes for you to choose, are you led by God’s word or by your appetites? — Did Esau not know what he was giving up? Did he not know about God’s promise to Abraham? Or did he just truly believe he was going to die without that particular bowl of stew?

Was it God who moved him to make that trade?

We reap the harvest of our choices.

God has already told us what choice would serve us best.

But you have to make the choice by yourself. Everyday.

Choose life so that you and your children would live.

Have you heard God’s word?

What would your response be?

What would you choose?

God already knows.

For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30)

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6 thoughts on “Esau, Jacob, and the question of predestination”

  1. I love that you tackled predestination. I always look at it this way: If I left a bowl of candy on the counter and told my three children not to eat it until after lunch. When I turn my back, I know who will put their hand in the bowl. Maree


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