Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. (Hebrews 12:16 NLT)
The word of God declares that we are to bless the Lord from very core of our soul and to not forget ALL His wonderful benefits. Sometimes as an Author, Psalmist, Play-Writer, Entrepreneur we tend to take for granted that there are precious treasures deposited deep on the inside of us and that we are overshadowed with the favor of God! Too many times God’s favor and the blessings can become “common”, so to speak. We become especially vulnerable from this standpoint of forgetting when we hit those times when things are not moving or manifesting as we seem to think they should.
In the passage of scripture above, we see the writer of Hebrews referring to Esau’s carelessness of what belonged to him rightfully! Poor old Esau did not know a good thing when he saw it. By law, he stood to inherit the family birthright and blessing. Esau did not regard it as precious. He took it for granted! Let’s not take for granted our birthright. We have inherited a blessing by grace through faith. We have been adopted into the royal family of God!
Entrepreneurs, Authors, Psalmists, Dancers, etc. know that someone will always have their eye on what you possess. Sometimes someone else can see more clearly in the favor of God on your life than you can! Look at what Jacob did! He cheated his brother out of the birthright because Jacob really knew the value of it, while Esau carelessly let it go for a meal! Later, Esau wept bitterly for what he had lost but it was too late.
God has dealt with my heart a couple of times about this very thing through two different dreams. In each dream, there was a lost purse involved. In the first dream, I never found my purse but in the second one, I did; however, the purse was found sitting in a corner on the floor. The purse or wallet in a dream typically represents favor. God was prompting me not to take for granted all the wealth of treasures deposited on the inside of me! I took heed. Never again will I allow the enemy to trick me into false humility or being fearful to step out and work the gifts He has bestowed upon me! What about you? Have you ever been cheated out of an opportunity because you were inferior, fearful, or just careless? Remember, there is always someone who wants what you have! Guard the favor of God on your life as if your life depends on it because it really does!
Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey
Author, Play-Writer, Liturgical Dance Instructor