Fresh Hope – 5th May 2017

There’s a story in the Bible about two brothers, Esau and Jacob who were born moments apart from one another. Esau came first, closely followed by Jacob. During these days, there was a lot of importance placed upon the first born child. They would receive a birthright that would enable them to become head of their family, take charge of the property and receive a double portion of inheritance.

One day, when they were both grown up, Esau came in from the open country to find his brother cooking some lentil stew at home. He asks Jacob for a bowl as he is extremely hungry. Jacob spies an opportunity and tells Esau that in order to get some lentil stew, he must first trade his birthright.

Out of desperation, Esau agrees and trades his birthright for a bowl of stew. It was a totally ridiculous trade, but when desperation enters the equation, it’s amazing what you’ll do…

In life, you too will be tempted to trade in the ultimate for the immediate.

The name ‘Jacob’ means ‘deceiver’, a term also used in the Bible to describe the devil. The devil wants to deceive and mislead you by selling you the lie that says the things of this world can satisfy you, but they can’t.

Let’s be people who choose lasting fulfilment over temporary satisfaction every time. And the only One who can give you that is Jesus. He is the only One who can quench your thirst. He’s everything you’ve been wanting and more.

Today, I want to encourage you through the help that only Jesus can offer – don’t make the trade.

Caleb Burchell

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