Overcoming Temptation 

Instant Gratification

We just read that Esau gave up his entire future blessings for some stew! Doesn’t that just blow your mind? He gave up so much for so little.

That’s what happens when we give in to instant gratification. We give up what’s important for what’s immediate.

So many of us are just like that! We want what we want and we want it now. We don’t want to wait. Waiting’s boring, it’s passive, it’s more fun to get things now.

What this is really all about, is waiting on God. A lot of times God wants us to wait for things.

A lot of times, He wants us to wait on Him because He has something better in store for us.

Other times, He wants us to wait because either we’re not ready or He’s not ready for us.

Waiting also causes us to trust in God and depend on Him. When we wait on God and His timing, it causes us not to do things on our own, but instead we get the blessing of seeing God at work, His will unfold, and seeing Him make things happen for us.

So what areas of your life do you need to do better at waiting? Where do you need to be more patient and just trust God in His timing?

Spend some time in prayer. Ask God to help you focus on what’s important instead of what’s immediate.

And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.  And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.  And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:  And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.  And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.  And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?  And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

Genesis 25 KJV


Wait on the Lord : be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord .

Psalms 27:14 KJV