- Don't Trade Your Future for a Bowl of Stew
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Have you ever wanted something? Obviously yes, right? My wife would tell you that I often fall down “rabbit holes” of weird “wants.” One time I spent about 2 hours reading up on good Japanese fly fishing poles called Tenkaras. Why? I don’t know. I like to research. They cost about $50. In the end, I didn’t buy one. I’ve been looking at cheap 80’s model Cafe Racer motorcycles for years. Will I ever buy one? My wife won’t let me. It’s fun to look at things. It’s fun to think about owning things. Often what stops me from making these purchases is the question “is this going to be in a yard sale next year?”
This last Sunday, we saw Esau put his future on the line for a meal. Sometimes, we are guilty of those same types of things. We struggle to see past the moment. We don’t weigh the momentary pleasure with long term effects. There is a place we can invest that we can be sure that we will never regret. Read the verses below and meditate on them. Take time to ask God to help you resist momentary cravings for an investment in the future.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21