In Genesis 25, verses 32 and 33 say:
“Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?” But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob.
Many times we are concerned about immediately satisfying a need, we become blinded by what we trade it off with. Our perspectives, even values become distorted because of an urgent decision seemingly required.
Esau said he was starving; he gave up his birthright for a bowl of soup.
We fall into the trap of acting on impulse. Satisfying the pleasurable need of the moment without seeing the consequence the act entails. At once, it brings power and fulfillment, but it is short-lived because often these things achieved, acquired or rewarded without hard work, perseverance or prayer result to a fleeting victory.
Like a bowl of soup, it warms the body and satiates hunger … until the next bowl of soup is served.
* photograph taken by my daughter