A Devotion Based on Genesis 25:19-34; 27.1-40

Who in his right mind would trade blessings and inheritance for a bowl of soup? Well to tell you the truth, I probably would. If I was in Esau’s position – tired and hungry – I’m not sure that I would have made a better decision myself. I’ve made plenty of bad decisions when I was tired and/or hungry. I’m just glad they have never made it to the Bible for billions of people to see.

Let’s be honest with ourselves; we all have made bad decisions in stressful situations when we’re tired, or hungry, or hurt, or angry. It’s natural. It’s understandable. But we still must be accountable for our actions. Our actions matter, our words matter, and our promises matter regardless of the circumstances.

No, Esau was not in the right state of mind to make important life decisions. No, it didn’t help that the one who’s trying to take advantage of his moment of weakness is his own brother Jacob – one of the most brilliant and devious minds we have in the Bible. But had Esau understood that his words matter, that his promises are binding, he might have been able to walk away from Jacob’s trap with both his inheritance and blessings intact.

We live in a world where people spit out words without ever considering the power and consequences of these words. This is a world where people are quick to make excuses and slow to take responsibility for both their actions and their words.

We live in this world but we are not of this world. We keep our promise because we serve a Promise-Keeping God. Christ followers must take responsibility for both our words and our actions – even the ones we made in difficult situations.

Because our words matter, thus we have to be careful with what we say. Don’t ever make a promise we can’t keep. Don’t let your mouth write a check that the rest of you can’t cash. Esau did and he had to spend the rest of his life regretting that one time he forgot that words matter.