Bible in 365: Day 20
It is so easy for us to read about Esau and look back and say to ourselves, “What a foolish decision!” Can you believe he gave away his birthright as firstborn for a bowl of lentil stew? (see Gen 25:29-34).
Then the very last verse of our reading today says that Esau’s wives were “a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.” It looks like Esau just has trouble making the right decisions. I do not think Esau was trying to displease his parents by marrying foreign women, but it just happened as a result of his decisions.
Esau’s decisions are not so far removed from our own. I’m sure we have all made a mistake or two. Are you being foolish in any of your current decision-making? Have you asked God to help you make the tough decisions in your life? Let’s pray about our upcoming decisions instead of making choices in our own strength.
A little something extra to get your taste buds smiling today. This is my mother-in-law’s recipe for Lentil Soup. Be forewarned: it is delicious! Don’t make any foolish decisions in exchange for a bowl!
Lentil Bean Soup
- 1 pkg lentils
- 1 lb carrots, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 can Rotel
- 1 lb ground meat (ground beef is delicious, but deer meat adds a tasty variety to this dish)
Rinse beans and cover with water to cook. While cooking add carrots, onion, celery, and Rotel. Season to taste. Beans and vegetables take about 20 minutes to cook. Meanwhile, cook the ground meat and drain if needed. Season to taste. Add ground meat to pot of beans and vegetables toward the end of cooking. You may have to add some extra water. Serve hot with some homemade cornbread. Yum!