The devotion on my heart today is “The Desire To Get Even.” My text is Genesis 27:30-41 but for sake of time and space, I’ll use vs. 41 where we read, “And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.” (KJV) The setting here is of Jacob and Esau and it’s during the time when Jacob stole the blessing that would have gone to Esau. Esau in the Word of God typifies the “old man” or the “sinful nature” within us.
In vs. 41, Esau hated Jacob for what he had done and kept quiet about it on the outside, but inwardly he vowed to “get even” with Jacob. In making our application today, does a calm exterior ever conceal our own inner feelings that we know are contrary to the way God would have us treat our brothers and sisters in Christ? How about our family or the people we may work with or go to school with? Do we secretly harbor resentment toward someone else and long for the day when we can get even?
Esau’s flesh was in control when he sold his birthright to Jacob and he suffered loss and disfavor because of it. Esau’s life reminds us of our old nature that is still within us. There’s no doubt, when someone puts us down, maligns us, talks about us, lies to us or about us and treats us like we’re of little or no value, it hurts and we can let the Esau within all of us say, “There’s coming a day when I’ll get even!” That sure does feel good to the flesh, but we cannot truthfully claim that we are right with God if we are looking for a day and a way to “get even.”
Pastor Joey Durham