The struggle started from the very beginning — your brother came out grabbing your heels.
Esau, did you know that you were part of a plan that would span generations?
Did you know that God was working out a plan to save mankind and you were at the very center of it? —
Until you looked to heaven and swore by the Almighty God that you had given away your birthright… for a bowl of pottage.
What was heaven supposed to do at this point?
No sir, it wasn’t a predestinated event —
It wasn’t God who orchestrated this; it wasn’t God who moved you to sell your birthright….
The All-knowing God looked to the future and saw that this day would come. He saw that you would despise your birthright and willingly give up your place in this grand plan of salvation that He was working out.
As a result, the blessing was passed on to your brother — the one to whom you had given your place in this grand plan.
Again, it wasn’t God who moved your mother to help your brother deceive your father….
There’s just this thing called “sowing and reaping”, “actions and consequences”…. And sometimes, it’s just not that easy to tell how far-reaching this whole thing can get.
For you, when that very crucial time came, you sought for a blessing with tears — any blessing would do — even if it was just the leftover….
“…Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father….” (Genesis 27:38)
Your mistake despite, Esau, did you know that you were still a child of Abraham?
God never left you. He did not forsake you.
So you did lose your place as God worked out His plan, creating a line of descendants, in preparation for the coming His Son —
But He still blessed you, so much so that by the time you got to meet your brother again you were reluctant to receive his gifts because you had more than enough, yourself.
And, there was the other blessing of rising above the bitterness against your brother….
Esau, did you know that God was still with you the whole time, redeeming a life that might have been wasted by bitterness and resentment?
Did you know that no one can be too far gone that they are beyond the reach of the All-knowing, All-powerful, Ever-merciful God?
All that’s required is that we come to Him and allow Him do His work in us.
The promise is still true today —
…that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)