HEBREWS 12:12-17 (NIV)-“12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.”
SUMMARY: This verse gives both a warning and encouragement. It reminds me to protect what’s most important and to be strong where my willpower and strength may be at its lowest.
In the book of Genesis, the Bible tells an interesting story about twin brothers who illustrate this point. The elder son, Esau, was favored by his father, Isaac, because of his prowess as a hunter. In contrast, the younger son, Jacob, was a quiet homebody.
One day, Esau returned home from an unsuccessful hunting trip totally famished, and demanded some stew from his brother. “I’ll give you food,” agreed Jacob, “but first, trade me your birthright.” Esau replied, “Okay, I’m so hungry, I’m about to die.” So Esau traded the honors due to him as the firstborn son for a simple meal of stew.
Upon first glance, it’s easy to ridicule Esau’s decision. I cannot imagine selling your whole birthright for a pot of soup. But I had to look at my own life and ask, “What great thing have I traded for so little in return? How often have I traded sobriety for drunkenness? What temporary pleasure have I craved so much that I gave up lasting victory?”
The way out that God provides is the ability to decide in advance what I will and will not consume each day. I plan the layout of my house so that alcohol is hidden from eyesight. I avoid situations and people from my past that would entice me to drink. I take part in a structured program to help cure my disease and become part of a supportive community. The absolute worst time for me to resist alcohol is when I am anxious. So I have been trying to reduce stress in my life and develop a healthier self care regime.