The Power of Patience

The Power of Patience

Chase Anderson, Contributor

Genesis 27 is a passage in the bible telling a major story about Jacob and his brother Esau. The boys, Jacob and Esau, fought constantly while in the womb and Rebekah, the mother of the boys wondered why they fought, so she asked the lord. After she asked this god told Rebekah that “Two nations are in your womb. Two different peoples will emerge from your body. One people will be stronger than the other. The older will serve the younger”. After the boys were born and were starting to mature the parents each picked their favorite. Issac, the boys’ father, favored his older son Esau over his younger son. And the boys’ mother, Rebekah, preferred the younger son, Jacob. This caused rivalry between the brothers.  

When the brothers were both young Esau was very hungry and saw that Jacob had made some porridge. Esau foolishly traded his birthright to Jacob for his bowl of porridge. He was not looking to the future and instead was looking only at the present. Showing he was irresponsible and was willing to settle for less now then wait for something so much greater in a small leingth of time. He would pay for this dearly. Now Esau, being the older brother was entitled to his father’s blessing, but because of his trade, he had given Jacob the ability to take it. When Issac was old, weak, and blind he said to Esau “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. Now then, get your equipment your quiver and bow and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die”. While he said this Rebekah heard him, she went to Jacob and told him what she heard. Because of the trade previously made, Jacob had the justification to take it. She then came up with the idea to impersonate him by wearing Esau’s clothes and putting goat fur on Jacob. Jacob entered Issac’s room with the stew and his getup. Issac then impersonated his brother Esau, his father put him through some tests to make sure it was Esau. Including touching him to make sure it was Esau. He then gave Jacob the birthright he had traded for so many years ago. 

The bible can teach us many lessons about life some more important than others. But I found this lesson to be more important than others. The modern lesson of this story is to convey the message to look into the future and see how much better something could be if you just have patience and wait. Just because something is good now doesn’t mean you should settle for it if in a few years it can be so much greater than it is right now. To take the long-term option over the short term. Displaying that the future holds so much more than the present and that one can achieve much greater things if they are just to wait for a while. That is the modern lesson of this biblical story.