Don’t Settle For Stew
And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me? Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. – Genesis 25:32-33
The brothers, Jacob and Esau, were in constant conflict with one another. Even before their birth, they struggled together. Their mother was so distraught with her pregnancy she goes to the LORD concerned about the children within her womb.
When the boys were born the younger, Jacob, grabbed his older brothers heel, hence his name “Jacob” meaning, “One who Supplants” or “Takes the Heel.”
As they grew, their differences became more apparent; both in their looks and personalities.
As the eldest, Esau would gain all the privileges of the first-born. Jacob, looking for a way to take the position from his brother, sees an opportunity when his brother returns from one of his hunting exploits.
Jacob prepares stew. Esau comes in from the field and requests to be fed some of Jacob’s meal. Jacob asks Esau to “sell” him his birthright. Esau, only being concerned about his immediate need for food and finding his hunger overwhelming, agrees and maybe makes the worst sales deal in all of human history.
Esau settled for stew. He didn’t wait for God’s best for him but let his flesh control his decision.
It makes me wonder, how many times we do the same thing? Settle for meeting a perceived immediate need at the loss of something much better that God had for us.
Not all bad decisions are a result of settling too soon on something and getting ahead of God’s plan, but many of them are. Since God’s timing is rarely our timing, we become impatient and convince ourselves we need to do something NOW when many times, we end up settling for much less than what God had for us.
Don’t settle for stew.
It might be tempting to move ahead, the offer may seem good on the surface. But have you brought it before God? Have you really made seeking His will on the situation or just offered a simple, “Bless my efforts” prayer and settled for less than His best?
Did you make your decision based off His Word or the desire to fulfill something of your flesh? To find immediate gratification as opposed to waiting on His best?
We rarely get ourselves in trouble for moving too slow on things, but we often find ourselves regretting those decisions when we took the easiest and quickest route. We settled for stew.
Waiting for God’s best is trusting Him. So much of being a mature believer is learning to trust Him which often is demonstrated by waiting on His best. It’s easy to settle for stew, but when we trust and wait on Him, we’ll find He has much better things for us than what we can envision for ourselves. Notice how Paul describes this:
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21
If you can imagine it or think of how better your situation could be, chances are this is NOT the best of what God has for you. His blessings for you are beyond your limited ability.
The lesson is; don’t settle for stew. He has something much greater for you!