Actions of the Present Have Implications for the Future

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Recorded in Genesis 36 are the descendants of Esau who settled further east from the household of Jacob. Both Jacob and Esau were wealthy with livestock and other possessions so the families could not live in the same area because their livestock needed pasture land to graze.

Jacob who later was named Israel was the progenitor of the Israelites. The household of Jacob was led towards following the ways of God. They were not perfect but did admit their wrongdoing and tried to get right with God. They acquired many possessions even through the seven-year famine.

Esau was also known as Edom, the progenitor of the Edomites who established the land in the hill country south of the Israelites. They became the enemy nation of Israel. Many say that the Edomites participated in the destruction of the First Temple by Nebuchadnezzar in 587 B.C. There is no mention that the household of Esau put God in high regard.

The actions of our present can have long-term, far-reaching implications in our living for the future. A picture of this can be found when comparing the lives of Esau and Jacob. Those that realize their wrongdoings and try to correct their attitudes or actions end up being blessed in the long-term. Wrong living by one family member can result in the household going through present and future struggles.

Bitterness and Jealousy can wreck a family not only in the current generation but for future generations. A disciplined life with attitudes or actions that honor and praise God leads to a bright future. Lord, we pray for discipline in obeying Your way because we know that You care about our future even more than we do. Lord, You understand our needs and we ask for the discipline needed in following Your way. Amen!

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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