Instantly Dissatisfied With Instant Gratification
Posted: Wednesday, January 11
Verse of the day:
“Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?” (Genesis 25:32 NLT)
Hey, I’m the first to admit that I am gratified with instant gratification. I want it and I want it now! Computer, load faster. Internet, download now. Food, cook quicker. Car, blast heat instantly. I’m often reminded that we live in the most comfortable time ever in history. Things have never been easier for people and it’s a wonderful experience! But seriously, who can survive with a 3G connection on their phone?
Esau, the older brother, was a man that suffered a terrible consequence because of his desire for instant gratification. Famished, he traded his birth right for some soup. The birth right was a big deal, handed down to the firstborn. Esau was the head of the household, had all of his father’s estate coming to him, and would receive double of whatever was passed down through inheritance. That bowl of soup didn’t come close to all of the bowls of soup Esau could have purchased through his birth right.
Esau’s mistake is a reminder to us today about the danger associated with instant gratification. There’s a lot of things in life that don’t come quick. One of the wisest bits of advice I was given last year was that we owe ourselves the privilege of time. If we can understand that things take time and that’s ok, we’ll be much better off in the end. The desire to want it now can cause us to make foolish choices that we look back at and wonder, “What was I thinking?” As we dive into our second week of this new year, give yourself some time. The desires might be legit, but allow those things to come forth in the right way and not the rushed way. If rushed, you’ll be sitting with Esau sharing a bowl of soup.