Are we a product of our environment? A beneficiary of wealth or a victim of poverty per say. I was exposed to this reasoning growing up but never truly subscribed to it. The word of God declares that he is the author and finisher of our lives.
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee...”
- Jeremiah 1:5
If our eyes and our minds are focused on temporary things, our lives become temporary. We reflect the world and change as the world turns. When our hearts magnify God, his light shines upon us and we reflect him.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.”
What does it mean to be blessed?
Jacob and Esau were the sons of Isaac. Esau was described as the cunning hunter favoured by his father, while Jacob was simply regular. Esau was the firstborn so he also had the birthright blessing all sown up. He had everything going for him. Esau was gifted but he lacked something within. This lack within caused him to lose outwardly.
“For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.”
The life of Esau reflected another first born that came before him in Cain. The lack of care he demonstrated in his willingness to sacrifice for God was an indication of what was already in his heart.
“The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.”
God gives gifts to his children because he is good. These gifts glorify his majesty. Some go through their entire lives thinking that it's all about "me". Esau and Cain undervalued what it meant to blessed by God. As long as the gifts kept coming, it didn't matter where it came from. They were keen on the hand out but not the face of God.
“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.”
Esau and Cain were a shadow of the first fruits of man. There is no "I" in body, only in Christ. We are the first fruits of the body of Jesus Christ. Whatever God purposes to plant, reaps perfection.
“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
Esau was blessed but Jacob knew he was blessed. He understood just how precious the blessing of God was. With this wisdom, his outlook went from limted potential to limitless. He may have been overlooked like David but his calling was apparent from the very beginning.
“And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.”
Jacob displayed an inherent desire to be blessed by God. His heart delighted in God and God made a way for this desire to be fulfilled as Esau gave up a birthright that he only viewed as carnal.
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
Jacob possessed none of the advantages his brother did but used all that he had to reach for greater. To reach for something that he had no evidence to suggest was even there. How did he reach? He understood where the battle was. Jacob learned very early on in life how to fight for his blessings.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Your rightful place
Did you know that you were born blessed? Beloved, you are blessed and highly favoured. When you're blessed by God it doesn't matter how bad things look. The higher the mountain, the greater the view is at the top. When you're highly favoured by God it does not matter if others look down on you. His perspective is always higher than ours.
Some desire to be called first. The black sheep often goes unnoticed but all sheep respond when their shepherd calls. I rather be called last than not be called at all. God asks us to be humble and to stay ready. He has a special place in store just for you. Until then, live in grace, walk in peace and be blessed.
“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.”