In Touch Daily Devotional 30 October 2023 – Good Decisions

In Touch Daily Devotional 30 October 2023 - Good Decisions
In Touch Daily Devotional 30 October 2023 – Good Decisions

In Touch Daily Devotional 30 October 2023 Message By Dr. Charles Stanley

Read In Touch Daily Devotional 30th October 2023 – Monday Daily Devotional Message Written By Dr. Charles Stanley.

TOPIC: Good Decisions

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY: Genesis 25:29-34

When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished;

and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom.

But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.”

Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?”

And Jacob said, “First swear to me”; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.

Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.


We all know the phrase “You reap what you sow,” but did you know it’s actually a biblical principle? (See Job 4:8 and Proverbs 11:18.) In today’s passage, Esau learned this truth the hard way. Famished, he returned from hunting and requested some of the stew his brother made. Seizing upon the opportunity, Jacob agreed in exchange for his twin’s birthright.

In Old Testament times, the firstborn enjoyed special privileges, which included authority over younger siblings, a double share of the inheritance, and being the spiritual leader of the family. Yet Esau, deciding that food was more of a necessity, traded his birthright for dinner. He later grieved when he realized what was lost, but at that point, it was too late.

Like Esau, we all face critical choices. And though God forgives, the consequences remain. So we must learn how to choose wisely. We should take to heart two warnings from this story. First, to be able to determine our best options, we should wait until we’re physically, emotionally, and spiritually stable.

Second, it’s often important to delay gratification. Though our human desires feel overwhelming at times, we should prayerfully wait for God’s timing.

Think about the longings that you have. Pray for wisdom and patience so that you can make godly decisions during critical moments.


THOUGHT FOR TODAY: To be able to see our best option, we sometimes need to wait.

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