Scripture to Read: Genesis 28:8-9
Yesterday we began to examine a little closer Esau’s life. We saw that Esau was remorseful but not repentant. Today, in Genesis 28:8-9, we see that Esau continued to do things his way. Esau never sought God’s plan or purpose for his life. Esau never asked God what to do, who to marry, where God would have him live, or anything else for that matter. Esau simply continued to do things his way and even tried to make things right with Isaac and Rebekah his way. Esau knew he had disappointed Rebekah and Esau with his first two wives. So, what does Esau do? According to Genesis 28:8-9, when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, 9 Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the sister of Nebaioth. Esau was trying to fix his life his way. God makes it clear in Proverbs 14:12, There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. God says it this way in Proverbs 12:15, The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. Esau did not choose to walk the path of a “wise man” but instead continued to choose the way of a “fool.” We have the same choices to make each day of our lives. We can think, “this seems right,” but if we have not asked God for His discernment, we could end up the “fool.”
Challenge & Application
1. What did God teach you today through Esau’s choices, the difference between the “fool” and the “wise?”
2. How are you walking each day with God so that you do not fall into the trap of being a “fool?”
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!