Your Future Self Thanks You
Posted: Friday, 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)
I love a good McDonald’s McDouble. One hamburger patty sandwiched between two slices of yellow cheese. It’s cheap, it’s quick, it’s salty and just straight up good. Have you ever been to Mason Street Grill? Perhaps my favorite steak joint in Milwaukee. Last year I received a large gift card for the restaurant and went with a friend to feast like kings. We ordered the juiciest, most tender steaks you’ve ever had topped with blue cheese and mushrooms. Let me tell you, even though my McDouble and my steak are both beef, there’s no comparison which one is better in quality.
In today’s Old Testament reading, we come across the famous passage of Esau selling his invaluable birthright to his brother for soup. Just pause for a second - soup. Not even a delicious, tender steak. Most likely a broth based soup.
The birthright was given to the eldest son of the family. An honor and privilege to become the head of the family once the father had passed away. That meant being responsible for the family’s choices, members, finances, and being blessed with a special connection to God. Esau traded all of that - his entire future - for soup.
Looking back at his choices, we can’t help but think, “You dumb dumb!” Yet, how many times have we sold our future selves short because of an enticing desire in the moment. How many times have we reached for the McDouble when the best steak was within reach? It’s easy to make choices that bring instant fulfillment, but those choices can lead to future regret. Your future self that you want to become thanks you for the wise choices you’re making today. The future you that you dread becoming is looking back at your foolish choices in agony. Even in the most desperate times of temptation, hold on to the future God has for you instead of settling for the small cup of soup before you now.