What’s your bowl of soup?
Scripture Reference: Genesis 25:27 – 34( NLT)
How many of us have signed a contract before? Whether it’s for a car or for your house, a credit card or etc.? Do you look over that contract thoroughly? Making sure it’s what you want and what you can afford?
Now how many of us have signed a bad contract based on little thought, no prayer, just to satisfy us for the moment? I know I have!
We all make mistakes and some of our mistakes are temporal and some of them could cost us our future inheritances? Which means some of our mistakes have a short term consequence and some have eternal consequences.
As I look at the story of Esau and Jacob I think of what I sold when I felt I was starving and hungry. I think about my bowl of soup that my appetite just had to have.
Esau’s bowl of soup cost him his entire birthright! Wow! He said he was starving and famished and he had to have that bowl of soup to survive, and Jacob took advantage of his hunger.
How long does it take to eat a bowl of soup?
What if Esau would have prayed and asked God to feed him? Then trusted in the word of God that he would be feed! What if Esau prayed to God to take his hunger pains away?
My bowl of soup was the pursuit of the all mighty dollar and convincing myself that I had to have it. One way or another I had to have the money and by any means necessary I was going to get it.
I didn’t think of the consequences. Short or long. I didn’t think of the kids losing their father. I didn’t think of a mother losing her son, and I didn’t think of what an example I was for my younger brother.
I signed a bad contract that cost me four years of my life in a maximum security prison for trafficking drugs.
Now I asked myself; What if I would have prayed? What if I would had trusted the Word of God and knew he would have provided me my next meal? Instead I made a decision based on my own wants and my selfish nature.
“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.” (Luke 12:29-31 NLT)
Ask yourself; What’s your bowl of soup? What’s the one thing you can’t walk away from?
Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’ ” The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich. When Jesus saw this, he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God! In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?” He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.” Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.” “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.” (Luke 18:18-30 NLT)