We’ve heard people say many times that I was in the moment. I was in the moment of excitement, anger, bitterness, love and I just didn’t know what I was doing or I just wasn’t thinking clearly. We’ve heard statements like this leave people regretting, that (in the moment response or action) not thinking or considering the danger or disappoint that could come from that in the moment action.
We can clearly see this played out in scripture from the life of Esau. Esau was living in the moment when we decided to give up his birthright to his brother Jacob for some lentil stew.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” 32 Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33 Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Esau was in total desperation because of hunger that he considered his birthright at that moment of no value to him. He didn’t realize the consequences that would come along with this (in the moment action) and he didn’t understand that this birthright that was his also came with blessings and that the two weren’t separate but was one. Esau would later suffer deeply from this decision. His blessings from his birthright would no longer go to him but to his brother. You can feel the hurt, sorry, pain and desperation in his words in the scriptures below.
30 As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 He also prepared delicious food and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me.” 32 His father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” He answered, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”
33 Then Isaac trembled very violently and said, “Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.” 34 As soon as Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!” 35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing.”
36 Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has cheated me these two times. He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” Then he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” 37 Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Behold, I have made him lord over you, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?”
38 Esau said to his father, “Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.
39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:
“Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be,
and away from the dew of heaven on high.
40 By your sword you shall live,
and you shall serve your brother;
but when you grow restless
you shall break his yoke from your neck.”
I believe if Esau knew what was ahead of him he never wouldn’ve made the decision to sale his birthright.
Like Esau we must be cautious of responding out of what we feel is desperation and respond with our actions, IN THE MOMENT, BECAUSE WE MAY END UP REGRETTING IT. JUST LIKE ESAU!!!