There are in Scripture men of great faith, in whose ways we must walk, because only in that way will we come to the blessings of the salvation Christ earned for us to enjoy and to receive fully when He returns.
There are also in Scripture men of rank unbelief, who are concerned only with earthly things rather than heavenly blessedness. They want joy here below in this life, and they will do that which seems to bring it to them. Thus in Hebrews 12:16 we read, "Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright."
The point here is that by breaking the second table of the law of God by fornication, or the first table by profanity, we will not receive the prize which Christ earned for those God chose in Him. He earned it by walking in God's law and by dying for our sins of breaking that law.
Here we see why in the preceding verses we were told to follow peace and to walk in holiness, looking diligently at God's holy law, that is, at what pleases God. Esau got what his flesh craved; but he was running away from God, and from covenant fellowship with him. He chose what his flesh wanted. He sought after temporary delight only, and it earned for him everlasting torment in hell fire!
What folly! One morsel of food meant more to him than everlasting life with God. He thought that he needed food to live. He failed to eat and drink the truth that life with God is so much richer than life with sinful men.
Walk not with Esau. Choose the way in which Christ walked. Walk in love for God. That walk ends in everlasting life with Him in the Kingdom of righteousness.
With patience run the race set before us. Follow Christ. Make that your walk of life, and then you will be with Him in heavenly glory as soon as He removes your soul from your body, and with Him fully when He returns.
Read: Ephesians 5:1-7
Through the Bible in One Year
Nehemiah 11 ; Nehemiah 12:1-26
1 Corinthians 10:14-33
Quote for Reflection:
"How can we convince our children that God is important, if we never give Him any of our time? How can we pretend to love Him, when we scarcely spend a minute with Him alone? Our children may dutifully learn their rituals, and chant their mealtime grace, 'God is great, God is good, and we thank Him for this food'. But down in the heart, where the real attitudes are formed, our prayerless lives have taught another message: 'God is great but He can wait; gotta hurry or I’ll be late.'” ~ L. Christenson
- Date: 16-August